Isoflavones are powerful antioxidants found in numerous plant sources. Isoflavone rich foods like beans, tea and soy can protect against certain cancers, and have many other health benefits. But some isoflavones act as phytoestrogens, which may or may not be ideal for some people, especially children.
Green tea for ADHD is rich in isoflavones and depending on the amount given can vary widely. Isoflavones have been linked to depressed thyroid function requiring more iodine in the diet to avoid thyroid problems. Because children are smaller soy infant formulas are affecting them negatively in larger numbers and many people are advocating taking infant formulas made with soy off the market. Isoflavones are in many plants, but you wouldn’t stop eating them. You just have to be aware to balance your children’s ADHD green tea diet and don’t overload them with too much of a good thing.
In countries where large amounts of tea and soy are consumed they also consume large amounts of iodine rich foods, like seaweed which are believed to counteract the negative effects of phytoestrogens. In the U.S., soy is the new wheat; it’s in everything from bread to energy bars creating more and more allergies just like wheat, so the controversial effects of isoflavones will continue.
Is green tea for ADHD? I want you to be aware that there are many benefits using isoflavones; too much of anything is not good. And although the levels of isoflavones vary dramatically between soy products and tea, it is still a good idea to be aware and informed, especially if giving to children, as it will affect them more than an adult.
Using any supplement for children with ADHD, including green tea has its pros and cons. It’s up to the consumer to decide which treatments you feel will beneficial, whether alternative or prescription. There are many people using the amino acid L-Theanine (the beneficial ingredient in green tea) that is thought to help control ADHD and along with Omega-3’s people are finding they are having fantastic results. Another proven supplement for ADHD, besides green tea are special combinations of herbal remedies which includes Hyoscyamus; improving excitability, agitation, and the disruptive behavior common to ADHD. Arsen iod is used to support stability for emotional outbursts, and helps in controlling exasperating conditions which can frustrate someone with ADHD.
R.T. Shelly is a health practitioner researching natural remedies to achieve wellness. Find out more about some of the most effective natural treatments for health conditions such as ADHD. A free E Book is available; Alternative Help for ADHD in Children.