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Randomized Double-Blind Study Shows Saffron Can Help ADHD

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The herb saffron may be a safe and effective treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), rivaling Ritalin in effectiveness
  • Children with ADHD were randomly assigned to receive either 20 to 30 milligrams a day (mg/d) of methylphenidate (Ritalin) or 20 to 30 mg/d of saffron capsules
  • The treatments worked equally well, with changes in Teacher and Parent ADHD Rating Scale scores statistically the same, which suggests both methylphenidate and saffron had the same effect on ADHD symptoms
  • Therapeutically, saffron has been shown to enhance memory while also possessing antidepressant, antianxiety and neuroprotective effects that may be valuable in the treatment of ADHD

The herb saffron may be a safe and effective treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This common neuropsychiatric disorder affects up to 7 percent of school-age children, causing a mix of symptoms including difficulty concentrating and hyperactivity to mood swings and short attention span.

In up to 60 percent of cases, symptoms persist into adulthood, where the disorder is linked to social problems, low self-esteem and low quality of life. It’s also known to affect academic achievement.


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