Dietary intervention in ADHD

ADHD is generally diagnosed in childhood; it is a chronic disorder that affects neurodevelopment. ADHD has a worldwide prevalence of approximately 6%. While the cause(s) of ADHD and associated risk factors remain unknown, current research studies shows that genetics plays an important role. In addition, biological and environmental aspects are now recognised as risk factors. The standard intervention for ADHD is a combination of pharmacological treatment and psychological therapy. Nowadays and thanks to growing research, different therapeutic and nutritional approaches are proposed to ameliorate its symptoms.

This requires an assessment of current pharmacological treatment, psychological therapy and nutritional intervention through healthy diets rich in fresh food, fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes the importance of this comprehensive approach.

It could also be an opportunity to: (i) supplement with phosphatidylserine and/or probiotics; (ii) supplement with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), vitamins and minerals such as zinc or iron following analysis of serum values to assess need and effect; and (iii) rule out affectations linked to heavy metals such as lead through analysis.

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