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Back to school … and sit still !

For children, difficult times begin again. After 2 months of romping around freely, they must once again be attentive, listen to the teacher, and sit still the whole day. For children with attention disorders and restless children, this is no easy task. Time to bring out the heavy artillery once more?

The start of the new school year brings with it a lot of practical problems for many parents. Who takes the children to school, who picks them up, do we let them eat a warm meal at school or do they take sandwiches, should we give them Ritalin to take along or try to do without it this year? Though that last question is not a problem for every parent, European statistics show that ADHD and ADD occurs in 3% to 5% of all children. And these children too must again sit still and be attentive from now on.

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If it involves only an attention disorder without hyperactivity, one refers to ADD. In both cases, children who have these disorders find it more difficult to concentrate than other children. At school, this is a genuine obstacle for both the child as well as the teacher. The class is disrupted, the teacher’s remarks are not heard and the child often falls behind the rest of the class.

FDA warns against the effects of ADHD medication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings as early as in 2007 against the dangerous effects of ADHD medication. Even though the FDA found the medicines to be beneficial in the treatment of ADHD symptoms, they said that the effects and risks are not directly in proportion to these benefits. “The medicine manufacturers must make the patients more aware of the fact that there are real cardiovascular risks and psychological side-effects involved.”

Dietary supplement is the best solution
However, parents do not need to give their children those heavy medications against their conscience. In recent years, there has been increasingly more scientific research done into the working of L-Carnitine and children with ADHD/ADD. Carnitine is responsible for the transportation of fatty acids from the cytoplasm to the mitochondria (described as the “cellular power plants”) and is present in every human tissue. Carnitine is also an antioxidant and has a protective effect on the heart and blood vessels.

The administration of extra L-Carnitine further promotes the generation of “bio-energy” because the Carnitine present in that stimulates the production of energy from the fatty acids. It so happens that the most common fatty acids with a chain length of more than 10 carbon atoms cannot pass through the cell wall of the mitochondria without assistance. A good availability of Carnitine is especially important in the heart muscle, where fats form the primary source of energy. It has been demonstrated that Carnitine has a beneficial effect on the heart.

The Belgian HWB International believed in the healing effect of ALC and commercialised it in the form of HyperAD®. This dietary supplement contains 250 mg Acetyl-L-Carnitine. This acetylated form of Carnitine is absorbed extremely well by the body and has a more powerful effect at the brain level than the traditional Carnitine. (