Is your child having trouble concentrating?
Does he or she exhibit a short attention span and impulsivity? What about hyperactivity? Before getting diagnosed with some sort of disease that warrants a medical prescription, consider these factors that nutritional expert David Sandoval says could be at play…
- High sugar consumption – destructive, aggressive, and restless behavior has been found to significantly correlate with the amount of sucrose consumed.
- Nutrient deficiency – poor nutrition may be most harmful in the early developmental stages of life. The most common nutrient lacking in American children, iron, is associated with decreased attentiveness.
- Heavy metals – studies have shown a strong correlation between childhood learning disabilities and the body’s storage of heavy metals, particularly the toxic metal lead.
If these 3 issues have been ruled out, do not fear – there are some all-natural herbs provided by Mother Nature that may warrant your attention…and keep your child’s attention on their schoolwork.
- Eleuthero – this herb is considered an “adaptogen” – meaning it adapts to help your body either relax or have energy, depending on what it needs. Eleuthero is also thought to help increase mental acuity and is considered a great source of stamina and endurance for athletes. May also support the liver in the elimination of harmful toxins.
- Chamomile – has been used for many centuries as a mild, relaxing sleep aid, and an anti-inflammatory. The plant’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers which contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin) and other therapeutic substances. Extensive research over the past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses for the plant and established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant’s therapeutic activity, including antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic activity. May help relieve restlessness, promote general relaxation and relieve stress.
- Passion flower – University of Maryland Medical Center says: Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for mental stress and normalizing sleep patterns. Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed. According to WebMD.com: The chemicals in passionflower have calming, sleep inducing, and muscle relaxing effects.
- Lemon balm herb – Lemon balm has been used for centuries as a popular oil in aromatherapy. It is said that the pure, sweet aroma of the oil promotes a feeling of relaxation and calm. Although lemon balm calms the mind, it will not put you to sleep – instead it may actually boost your mental acuity. Some studies have observed improved memory and problem-solving in test subjects regardless of age after taking lemon balm. Another study noted lemon balm suppresses brain chemical acetylcholinesterase which breaks down the brain-signaling chemical acetylcholine which is responsible for memory and thought.  This action helps stimulate and support memory and mood.
Don’t have time to grow your own herbs and wait a month or more for your own tincture to be ready?
Purium Health Products offers an all-in-one blend called “In Focus” which includes each of these ingredients and was designed with school-age kids in mind.