Study: Saffron A Promising Treatment For Kids With ADHD

Dr. Deanna Lites
February 22, 2019 - 9:56 am

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Could a spice help treat kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?

According to a new study from Tehran University, saffron may be as effective as the drug Ritalin (methylphenidate) in treating ADHD in kids 6- to 17-years-old. Researchers compared saffron to Ritalin in 54 patients over a 6-week period and saw no difference in effectiveness.

It's not a surprise to Dr. Haley Armstrong, a naturopathic physician with Beaumont Integrative Medicine, who says saffron harbors many health benefits.

"I would definitely consider it because it's really helpful for mood support. It has a pretty good safety profile," Armstrong said. "And so that with diet changes and lifestyle changes can also help with symptoms of ADHD."

In addition to a powder, saffron comes as a tea and in capsule form.

Armstrong notes that you should check with your doctor before trying saffron for ADHD.