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Citicoline Supplements May Improve Attention in Young Men

Attention deficit disorder diagnoses have been increasing in recent years, particularly among boys and young men. A recent study suggests that supplementation with citicoline may improve attention in adolescent males.


Participants in the study included 75 healthy male teens that were given 250 mg citicoline, 500 mg citicoline, or a placebo daily for 28 days. All of the participants completed the Ruff 2&7 Selective Attention Test, Finger Tap Test, and the Computerized Performance Test, Second Edition (CPT-II) at the beginning of the study and at the conclusion.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that participants in the citicoline supplement group showed improved attention and increased psychomotor speed when compared with the placebo. After adjusting for the weight of the participants, the researchers found that higher weight-adjusted doses helped predict increased accuracy on the Ruff 2&7 Selective Attention Test, improved signal detectability on a computerized attention task and decreased impulsivity.


Researchers from the University of Utah and Kyowa Hakko conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 15, 2015, in the Journal of Attention Disorders.


Citicoline is a brain chemical that occurs naturally in the body. Previous studies have linked citicoline intake with brain health, improved memory and decreased cognitive function. It has been shown to generate electrical impulses in the brain, help keep brain cells healthy, and protect neurons from free radical damage.

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