In 2012, the highly respected, peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics published a paper titled “The Diet Factor in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” by two pediatricians — Gordon Millichap and Michelle Yee — who specialize in work with children who exhibit classic ADHD behaviors.
What the authors found is that nutrition plays a significant role, for better or worse, in how a child’s brain works and that a proper diet (as opposed to the common refined-carbohydrate-saturated American childhood diet) helps children maintain focus and self-control and optimize academic performance.
Their recommendations (as did ours) emphasize adding Omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing or completely eliminating processed foods, artificial colorings and preservatives.
Millichap and Yee conclude that “Supplemental diet therapy is simple, relatively inexpensive and is more acceptable to patient and parent.
Public education regarding a healthy diet pattern and lifestyle to prevent or control ADHD may have greater long-term success.
Acoording to them a proper diet, as opposed to ADHD medications, has no side effects other than the positive “side effects” of improved mood, memory, focus, alertness and problem-solving. And it costs a whole lot less to boot!
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