PhosphatidylSerine, omega-3, and ADHD.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Diet therapy)
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Research)
Omega-3 fatty acids (Health aspects)
Omega-3 fatty acids (Research)
Phospholipids (Health aspects)
Phospholipids (Research)
Author: Klotter, Jule
Pub Date: 04/01/2008
Publication: Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464
Issue: Date: April, 2008 Source Issue: 297
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 178220967
Full Text: "PS [PhosphatidylSerine] has a unique molecular structure that makes it a building block for all the cells of the body," Parris M. Kidd, PhD, says in his book PS (PhosphatidylSerine) Nature's Brain Booster for Memory, Mood, and Stress. "When added to the daily diet as a supplemental nutrient concentrate, PS can have great benefits for the human brain." Even though every cell membrane in the body contains this compound, nerve cells need it the most. Without phosphatidylSerine (PS) in their membranes, nerve cells can neither produce nor conduct electrical impulses. The PS molecule is designed to carry two fatty acids, one of which is the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is essential for healthy brain and nerve function. Studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can also reduce ADHD symptoms. PS supplementation increases energy production in the brain and can improve memory, learning, comprehension, and word recall, according to research.

Preliminary evidence suggests that PS can help children with behavioral and attention problems. Carol Ann Ryser, MD, a physician who treats children with ADHD, and Dr. Kidd performed a pilot study involving 27 children, ages three to 19 years. Dr. Ryser added 200 or 300 mg of PS per day (depending on body size) to her usual "best [treatment] program" for each child. "PS produced marked, clinically meaningful benefit for 25 of the 27 children," Dr. Kidd reports. Attention, concentration, learning, and behavior improved with PS use. No adverse effects or drug interactions were reported.

Kidd Parris M, PhD. PS (PhosphatidylSerine) Nature's Brain Booster. St. George, Utah; Total Health Communications, Inc.; 2005.

New research supports value of omega-3 supplements in reducing ADHD symptoms. CRIME Times 2007;13(3):4,5.
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