Kid’s Mood+ Clinical Study

These last few days (April 4-7) should have been the annual scientific conference known as Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA.

Unfortunately, EB was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic – so many of us are uploading our research to a central database that will be made available to the public in the coming days. The research abstracts will still be published in the FASEB Journal in the coming months – but I also wanted to get this information out to people ASAP, so I recorded my presentation via Zoom and posted the video to YouTube.

Here is the abstract of the study – notice our overall conclusions in red below:

Targeted Dietary Supplementation Improves Mental Performance in Children

Andrea Armstrong DC1, Michelle Massa MD2, Jessica Royston CHHC2, Markham McHenry DO3, and Shawn Talbott PhD4

1Armstrong Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center

2Advanced Natural Medicine of Jupiter, Inc.

3Elevate Health AZ

4Amare Global

Background: Saffron (Crocus sativus) dried flower stigma is the world’s most expensive spice and has been used in traditional medicine for alleviating depression, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Saffron stigma contains more than 160 bioactive compounds including lepticrosalides (safranal, crocin, crocetin, picrocrocin) and numerous flavonoids and terpenes that have been associated with relaxation, positive mood, and mental & physical balance. At least seven controlled clinical trials have shown the antidepressant activity of saffron.

Objective: Building on the well-described “mood” benefits of saffron, our objective was to assess the benefits of saffron stigma combined with complementary brain-supporting spices (Holy Basil, Rosemary, Clove, and Oregano) on measures of mental focus and mental performance in healthy children who had not been diagnosed with either depression or ADHD.

Methods: Ten healthy children (ages 6-12 years of age) participated in this study. We used the validated NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales (National Institute for Children’s Health Quality) that are routinely used by healthcare professionals to help diagnose ADHD in children 6-12 years and are part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resource Toolkit for Clinicians Caring for Children with ADHD (3rd edition, 2019). Parents administered the NICHQ survey before and after 30-days of supplementation with a multi-nutrient blend intended to improve mental focus, mood, and stress resilience (Kid’s Mood+; Amare Global). The NICHQ assessment scales have 2 components: Symptom Assessment (in 5 areas: inattention, hyperactivity, defiance, conduct, and anxiety/depression) and Performance Assessment (including school performance on reading, writing, and math; as well as social relationship performance with parents, siblings, and peers including on organized teams).

Results: Following 30-days of supplementation, we found dramatic improvements on assessments of both Symptoms (e.g. focus, attention, mood, listening, tension, and irritation) and Performance (e.g. overall school work, math, reading, writing, and social relationships). All participants (10/10) demonstrated benefits in response to supplementation, with average Symptom scores 29% lower (23.4 pre versus 16.6 post) and Performance scores improved 18% (2.24 pre versus 1.83 post).

Conclusions: Previous human trials in children and teenagers have shown equivalence of saffron to fluoxetine (Prozac) for depression and methylphenidate (Ritalin) for ADHD. This is the first study in a population of normal healthy (“non-diagnosed”) children showing improvements in not just mental focus attributes, but also mental performance (academically and socially) subsequent to targeted supplementation. This study provides compelling evidence for safe and effective natural approaches as potential first-line therapy for improving focus, mood, and mental performance in children.

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