THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The primary phytochemicals found in the passionflower are flavonoids. It also contains significant amounts of GABA, the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain

  • These flavonoids exhibit has antioxidative properties and boost crucial neurotransmitters in the brain — dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin

  • These neurotransmitters help to improve focus, reduce inattention and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, perfect for individuals with. ADHD

The Calm Herb

Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as Passionflower, has a rich history rooted in traditional medicine, particularly among Native American tribes who used it for its calming properties and to treat various ailments. Native to the southeastern United States, this plant is now widely cultivated in Europe, where it is also used medicinally.

In contemporary uses, Passionflower is primarily known for its sedative and anxiolytic effects. Studies have demonstrated its efficacy in reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality. For instance, research has shown that Passionflower extract can enhance sleep parameters, such as total sleep time and sleep efficiency, in individuals with insomnia (PubMed, 2020). Additionally, another study indicated that Passionflower might help manage mild anxiety, providing a natural alternative to conventional anxiolytic drugs (Janda et al., 2020).

The benefits of Passionflower are attributed to its bioactive compounds, including flavonoids and alkaloids, which interact with the brain's neurotransmitters to produce calming effects. These compounds are thought to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which helps reduce neural activity and induces relaxation.

In terms of ADHD support, studies highlighted in the paper by Akhondzadeh et al. (2005) suggests that Passionflower can improve symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention in those with ADHD, comparable to traditional pharmaceutical treatments but with fewer side effects. The calming and focus-enhancing properties of Passionflower make it a promising natural option for supporting individuals with ADHD, offering a gentler alternative to stimulant medications.

What the Research Says

  • Results Showed Improvements of ADHD symptoms

  • Passiflora May Be a Novel Treatment for ADHD

  • Passiflora may be Helpful in Treating Some Symptoms in Neuropsychiatric Patients

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