Tooth paste colorants linked to ADHD

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some toothpaste contains ingredients that could contribute to the increasing prevalence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The number of children being diagnosed with the behavioural disorder ADHD is currently 5 and 10 percent of the population in the UK. ADHD is characterised by symptoms of inattention, difficulties organising thoughts and ideas, problems inhibiting inappropriate speech and behaviour and impaired memory processes.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is approximately a three percent increase in the prevalence of ADHD each year.

This new report suggests, some of the colorants in toothpaste have been found to alter a child’s cognitive abilities and behavioural changes. However, at this time is it is unclear on the exact processes involved.

There has been a relatively large amount of research on the links between ADHD and diet, particularly the presence of preservatives, colorants and additives.

Currently, it is understood that yellow dyes have been found to deplete stores of zinc. This has been associated with increased levels of hyperactivity. The presence of red dyes in the diet, whether synthetic or natural, have been linked with an increased occurrence of behavioural problems, particularly, more tantrums.

Although the results of the investigation by the FDA are yet to be published, it may be advisable to use toothpastes without colorants. The dyes are not making teeth any cleaner, but could be making health worse.

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