Ginkgo extract may help kids with childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a pilot study. Children who took the herb demonstrated “significant changes in attention and quality of life assessments.” The research was published in the German journal Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychotherapie and reviewed on the American Botanical Council’s HerbClip.
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Kids with the disorder many have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behavior and may be overly active. Approximately 11 percent of children four to 17 years of age have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of kids with the diagnosis continues to increase every year.
For the study, researchers at the University of Gottingen, Germany enrolled 24 children between the ages of six and 13 with ADHD. They took 40 mg of ginkgo extract twice daily for the first week, 60 mg twice daily for the second week and 120 mg twice daily for the third week and for three more weeks. The primary outcome observed was a change in the “severity of attentive problems,” according to an assessment completed by the subjects’ parents.
The researchers hope to conduct future randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials with a larger group of children.
Another recent study, this one from the University of Oslo, suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce symptoms of ADHD in rats.