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Attention-Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder - cocoa, phosphatidylserine - 49578

Two cocoa flavored chews per day, containing 100 mg of soy-derived phosphatidylserine per chewable improved ADHD symptoms and short-term auditory memory; improved functioning and quality of life in school and at home; improved classroom behavior and social skills; and showed improvements in putting things back in their proper places at home. Compliance was excellent and there were no side effects.

[J Hum Nutr Diet, 2013 March 17; [Epub ahead of print]. 49578 (7/2013)] Summary Interview PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Acetyl-L-carnitine

Acetyl-L-carnitine 500-1500 mg b.i.d. with meals (possible benefit in inattentive type). [J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol, 2007; 17(6): 791-802. 46100 (5/2008)] Summary Interview PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Acetyl-L-carnitine - 2

Acetyl-L-carnitine 20-50 mg/kg/d b.i.d. in granular form dissolved in water or other liquids with or without meals. [Am J Med Genet A, 2008; 146(7): 803-12. 46191 (7/2008)] Summary Interview PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Lead

Lead in hair > 6 ppm compared to < 1 ppm showed a significant increase in ADHD behavior. [Archives of Environmental Health, 1996;51(3):214-220. 25721 (1996)] Summary Interview PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Thyroid function

Thyroid function - TSH concentrations higher than 2.2 presented lower scores in neurodevelopmental skills, as well as higher risk of attention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms. [Clin Endocrinol (Oxf), 2007 Jun; 66(6):890-8. 45945 (1/2008)] Summary Interview PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Zinc

Zinc low in serum. [J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol, 2005 Aug;15(4):628-636. 44242 (1/2006)] Summary PubMed

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Zinc glycinate

Zinc glycinate 15 mg/d. [J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol, 2005 Aug;15(4): 619-27. 44241 (1/2006)] Summary PubMed
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