We can all benefit from improving our attention. Did you know that humans now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish? Medical Daily featured a study by Microsoft Corporation that found that the attention span of a human has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds within the past decade.
If you are struggling with ADHD, your ability to sustain your attention can be a constant challenge. There have been many studies on how some natural supplements may help. ADDitude Magazine featured 3 types of natural herbs that have been found to improve ADHD related symptoms:
Ginkgo and Ginseng
These two herbs are “cognitive activators” and can act like stimulant medication without the side effects. The results are reduced impulsivity and distractibility. One word of caution - Asian Ginseng can over-stimulate young children and you may want to try American Ginseng first.
This is another name for the extract of French maritime pine bark. Benefits include improved attention, decreased hyperactivity, and improved visual-motor coordination after one month of use. It also has antioxidants that protect the brain from free radicals.
This plant-based herb can improve attention, accuracy, and alertness. It is not recommended for younger children as it can be over-stimulating. The herb is best used for older students who need help with reading and studying for long hours.
Natural supplements may work for some people by controlling symptoms. However, supplements do not teach any skills or change behaviors. It is important to have a well-rounded plan in place that includes a customized neurocognitive training program to help you develop the skills that improve executive function and self-regulation. Play Attention teaches you these skills.
Play Attention is a complete program that can be fully customized to address your particular strengths and weaknesses. Play Attention is designed to help each individual improve the cognitive skills they need in order to strengthen executive function and self-regulation. Call 800-788-6786 and ask one of our attention specialists to design a program that will work for you, your child, or your clients.
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