I guess dissecting nutrition is in the air these days. No sooner had I posted about the trans fats bill in the Nevada Legislature, do I see this article from Grist about a study linking ADHD symptoms to diet.
The Grist piece is about new study by Netherlands researcher Dr. Lidy Pessler of the ADHD Research Center. Pessler’s new research, published in the latest medical journal The Lancet, shows a direct correlation between diet and a person exhibiting the symptoms and behaviors of ADHD. In the study, the doctor put kids on a “hypoallergenic diet” consisting mainly of water, rice, turkey, lamb, lettuce, carrots, pears and other whole foods with no additives, dyes or artificial enhancement.
Removing kids from artificial food products and getting them back to basics — whole foods — was key:
There are a multitude of credible scientific studies to indicate that diet plays a large role in the development of ADHD. One study found that the depletion of zinc and copper in children was more prevalent in children with ADHD. Another study found that one particular dye acts as a “central excitatory agent able to induce hyperkinetic behavior.” And yet another study suggests that the combination of various common food additives appears to have a neurotoxic effect — pointing to the important fact that while low levels of individual food additives may be regarded as safe for human consumption, we must also consider the combined effects of the vast array of food additives that are now prevalent in our food supply.
After being on the diet, a majority of the kids in the study responded with amazing results. They exhibited no signs of ADHD at all!
Dr. Pessler’s study is the first to conclusively say that diet is implicated in ADHD. In the NPR interview, Dr. Pessler did not mince words, “Food is the main cause of ADHD,” she said adding, “After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior. They were no longer more easily distracted, they were no more forgetful, there were no more temper-tantrums.” The study found that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, the symptoms were caused by food. “It’s a hypersensitivity reaction to food,” Pessler said.
This is absolutely amazing! And there is no doubt this will have a huge impact on thousands of children and adults living with ADHD!
Isn’t it amazing how much impact our diets have on our lives?