Controversial diet may improve ADHD, researchers say
Monday 07 February 2011
A new study published in the journal
The Lancet on February 5 suggests a restrictive diet may help some kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve their behavior and get off their medications.
Researchers from the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands reported that about three-quarters of children with ADHD on the diet were found to be less hyperactive and impulsive than the kids not on the diet, the researchers said. The researcher observed behaviors in around 100 kids for a period of five weeks.
The diet is very restrictive, consisting of mainly of water, white meat, rice and vegetables. A report on the study in health website MyHealthNewsDaily 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 can't have.
Study researcher Jan Buitelaar stated that the study doesn't claim that foods with sugar, artificial colorings 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 last year that found a link between ADHD and organophosphate pesticides commonly used in North America on non-organic fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries and celery. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.
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