Grape seed extract
A potential and effective treatment for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children and many adults.
The symptoms of ADHD include; inattention (not being able to keep focus).
This symptom is often identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption of the classroom or problems with school work.
It is more common among boys than girls.
Other symptoms include; hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur at the moment without thoughts).
Although limited attention spans (not being able to remain focus for long periods) is common to young children in general, the difference in children with ADHD is that their hyperactivity and loss of focus are greater than expected for their age.
They also experience distress and problems functioning at home, school, or with friends.
The main cause of ADHD is yet to be identified, but there has been some link to genetic contributions. Other contributing factors that have been listed include;
- Premature birth,
- Braun injury,
- pregnant woman smoking,
- using alcohol or having extreme stress during pregnancy.
Some adults actually didn’t get to find out on time that they have this illness or condition.
They sadly find out late and decide to get treatment like medication psychotherapy and sometimes behavior management strategies such as ways to minimize distractions, increase organizations and structure is also considered to be effective.
Natural sources of managing symptoms associated with ADHD include the use of grape seed extract. Let’s look at this.
The Central Disease Control estimated that from a national 2016 parent survey, 6.1 million children in America were diagnosed with ADHD, one in 20 children is said to have this disorder.
With the series of treatments that are used for ADHD, ranging from cognitive retraining programs to diet and school modifications, some have been effective to an extent while some others haven’t
Grape seed extract under diet has been mentioned as an effective treatment for ADHD.
Grape seed extract also referred to as GSE is derived from Vitis vinifera, the wild grape from which most wine grapes originate.
It is advertised as a dietary supplement because of its health benefit.
- GSE contains vitamin C and chemical compounds that can help improve cognitive functions
- It lowers blood pressure and oxidative damage.
- Reduces risk for neurological illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease
- It contains antioxidants such as OPCs, phenolic acids and phytocyanins which helps to prevent cells in the body from free radicals( which are molecules that damage your cells)
Nutritional value of GSE
The seeds are rich in minerals but their most potent nutrients are; antioxidants like OPCs
- Vitamin E
- linolenic acid
- oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes
- Other phenolic compounds
Major ways grape seed extract can help in the treatment of ADHD
- Improves behavioral patterns
Grape seeds extract contains antioxidants and cells from free radicals that trigger hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors. It also improves aggressive behavior and helps a child with ADHD focus better.
- Improves Brain functions
GSE contains Vitamin C that can help improve several brain functions of a person with ADHD. Vitamin C helps in regulating neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for the exchange of messages between the neurons which in turn improves focus and patience.
Proanthocyanidin, an antioxidant present in GSE helps to prevent vitamin C from being too oxidized as it can produce free radicals (a major symptom of ADHD) when interacting with copper and iron.
- Prevents cell damage
GSE contains antioxidants as their most potent nutrients. These antioxidant protects against cell damage, tissue damage, inflammation in the brain and protects the body from harmful pathogens.
- Heals ADHD symptoms
Grape seeds extracts are a great source of OPC or Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin, a plant-based compound that is known for its healing properties against symptoms of ADHD.
Although just few research has been able to confirm this thesis presently more research are still being carried out and they’ve been some confirmatory response concerning this from a few of them.
An experiment done by the psychologist, Marion Sigurdson confirmed that after he gave his subjects OPC supplement for ADHD, their symptoms improved.
- Helps you sleep better
When ADHD symptoms get worse, getting a good night’s sleep is more challenging. This is because individuals with ADHD get distracted a lot, making it hard for them to focus on clearing their minds at night to sleep.
A study found that 67% of people diagnosed with ADHD have trouble sleeping.
Grape seeds extracts will help manage sleep symptoms and help you sleep better. They contain Melatonin which is considered a sleeping agent that improves sleeping conditions.
- Relieves food sensitivity
People with ADHD tend to be sensitive towards the food they eat, especially children. Some food they eat can trigger a symptom of this order so you have to pay close attention to their diet, equip yourself with all the information necessary to know about feeding a child with ADHD.
GSE helps to relieve these sensitivities so that a child with ADHD can enjoy nutritious meals without having to bother about any symptom that could be triggered.
- Enhances your mood
People with ADHD experience frequent mood swings. Frequent mood swings can have a negative effect on your personal life and relationship with other people, especially for adults.
Grape seeds extract contains OPC which can help control emotions and stress in a person with this condition.
Are there side effects of using grape seed extracts for ADHD?
Just like most medications, GSE also has its own side effects accompanied by the benefits.
People with a history of bleeding disorders and high blood pressure are to avoid grape seed extract as it acts as an anticoagulant that increases the risk of bleeding.
For people with other existing illnesses that are taking medications, you are advised to consult a doctor as some medicines won’t be totally effective when combined with other drugs.
These drugs are also said to not be safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children though there isn’t enough research to prove this.
Grape seeds extracts have been proven to be very nutritious with a lot of benefits. Although more research is needed to prove its effectiveness in treating symptoms associated with ADHD, trying it won’t hurt as it’s been effective to some users. You’ll also be enjoying a lot of benefits that may not be ADHD-related.
Remember to consult a licensed professional dietician before you begin taking GSE.