Special diet helps ADHD kids

Reuters 04/02/2011

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be fed a special diet to help their carers determine whether certain foods are making their condition worse, Dutch scientists said. In a study of 100 children with ADHD – one of the world’s most common child mental disorders – scientists from Radboud University and the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands found that a restricted diet led to significant improvements in the symptoms of some ADHD sufferers. “Dietary intervention should be considered in all children with ADHD, provided parents are willing to follow a diagnostic restricted elimination diet for a five-week period, and provided expert supervision is available,” the scientists said in their study in The Lancet medical journal.