Diet can improve ADHD symptoms

According to a new study conducted by the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago adapting the diet of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who hasn’t responded to medication of therapy could see an improvement in their symptoms.

The study published in the Journal of Paediatrics reviewed recent research published on the the effect of restricted sugar intake, high omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, Feingold Diet which is completely additive free, the typical ‘western diet’ consisting of low-fibre, high-fat intake and multivitamin therapy as a means of controlling or preventing ADHD a behavioural condition that affects between 8 and 10 percent of children in the developed world.

The researchers found that some research didn’t show that there was a significant difference between experimental diet for example, omega-3 supplementation and the placebo condition, indicating that diet may only be a secondary therapy to medication.

However, attempting to control the symptoms of ADHD which include hyperactivity, distractibility and memory impairments with an accessible, more affordable and potentially less harmful method such as diet changes rather than ADHD medication which has largely unknown long-term side effects is surely a preferable first option.

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