Scientists from The Ohio State University found that eating fruits and vegetables may help reduce attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
The research is published in Nutritional Neuroscience and was conducted by Irene Hatsu et al.
In the study, the team asked parents of 134 kids with ADHD symptoms to complete a detailed questionnaire about the typical foods the children ate, including portion sizes, over a 90-day period.
Another questionnaire asked parents to rate symptoms of inattention—a hallmark of ADHD—in their kids, such as having trouble staying focused, not following instructions, difficulty remembering things, and difficulty regulating emotions.
The researchers found that kids who consumed more fruits and vegetables showed less severe symptoms of inattention.
They suggest that aating a healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables, may be one way to reduce some of the symptoms of ADHD.
A previous study that evaluated the effectiveness of the supplement showed that children who took the micronutrients were three times as likely to show significant improvement in their ADHD and emotional dysregulation symptoms.
Another study involving the same children showed that kids whose families had higher levels of food insecurity were more likely than others to show more severe symptoms of emotional dysregulation, such as chronic irritability, angry moods and outbursts of anger.
The three studies all suggest a healthy diet that provides all the nutrients that children require can help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in children.
it is worthwhile to check the children’s access to food as well as the quality of their diet to see if it may be contributing to their symptom severity.
Researchers believe that ADHD is related to low levels of some neurotransmitters in the brain—and vitamins and minerals play a key role as cofactors in helping the body make those important neurochemicals and in overall brain function.
Food insecurity may play an additional role.
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