|A Western Diet Can Worsens ADHD|
According to J. Gordon Millichap, MD, and Michelle M. Yee, CPNP, of Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a great alternative to traditional treatment is an ADHD diet treatment regimen. They report that diet treatment is especially helpful for:
- Parents of children that do not respond to medications
- Parents that want an alternative to medications
- Children that may have dietary vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Millichap and Yee did a literature review of 70 trials that used diet as a medical intervention for the treatment of ADHD symptoms and found the following:
- Diet was an intervention that was easy for parents to implement.
- The symptoms of ADHD were significantly associated with "Western" diets.
- Children with allergies have improved ADHD symptoms when foods that contain colorings, preservatives, and allergens such a wheat, dairy, nuts and citrus are restricted.
- Zinc and iron deficiency may cause symptoms in a small group of patients with ADHD and confirmed deficiencies should receive supplements or appropriate dietary adjustments.
- The best trial performed to date on the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids confirmed that these supplements are helpful for the treatment of ADHD symptoms.
The researchers are quoted as saying the following: "Supplemental diet therapy is simple, relatively inexpensive, and more acceptable to patient and parent,"
Millichap and Yee concluded. "Public education regarding a healthy diet pattern and lifestyle to prevent or control ADHD may have greater long-term success."