Restrictive diet may improve ADHD

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 | In Health | Tags: , ,

Restrictive diet may improve ADHD
~ Restrictive diet may improve ADHD ~

A new study published in the journal The Lancet recently suggested a restrictive diet may help some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) improve their behavior and get offer their medications.

Researchers from the Radbound University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands reported that about three-quarters of children with ADHD on the diet were found to be less hyperactive and impulsive than those not on the diet.

They observed behaviors in around 100 children for a period of five weeks. The diet is very restrictive, consisting mainly of water, white meat, rice and vegetables.

A report also stated experts are intrigued but warn that restrictive diets may bring about more behavioral problems, with children battling with their parents for foods they crave and cannot have.

Study researcher Jan Buitelaar state that the study does not claim that foods with sugar, artificial coloring and added preservatives cause hyperactivity and are related to ADHD, but that they might trigger an immune reaction that sets off ADHD symptoms.

Also they added that the diet should be followed for a short time under medical supervision and if certain foods do not trigger symptoms, they can be added back into the diet.

This study follows one study last year published in the journal Pediatrics that found a link between ADHD and organophosphate pesticides commonly used in North America on non-organic fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries and celery.

Source Credit: AFP.


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