WILL BACOPA IMPROVE GRADES?
Dear Dr. V,
My son takes DMAE for his ADD, and it has helped him a lot. He has become more focused, and his grades are improving in school. He used to be consistently below average, but now he is regularly above average. Would Bacopa help him get even better grades?
A Dear MS,
In my opinion, in theory, yes. However, few supplement companies (including Life Enhancement) are bold enough to recommend their nutrient products for children, owing to regulatory and liability issues.
However, studies using Bacopa with children aged 6 to 8 found that it enhanced immediate memory, perceptual abilities, reaction/performance times, short-term memory and recall, vigilance and attention, exploratory behavior, and speed and accuracy of maze solving.1
Even though Bacopa appears very promising and seems innocuous, one should consult a doctor when addressing medical problems or contemplating the use of supplements by children.
Another interesting note: Deficiencies in a nutrient fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been found to be associated with ADD.2 DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in products such as HeartFelt, from Life Enhancement.
- Sharma R, Chaturvedi C, Tewari PV. Efficacy of Bacopa monniera in revitalizing intellectual functions in children. J Rees Edu Ind Med 1987:1-12.
- Horrocks LA, Yeo YK. Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid. Pharmacol Res 1999 Sep;40(3):211-25.