Latest Findings: for ADHD, a Natural Diet is Best

January 19, 2012

Latest Findings: for ADHD, a Natural Diet is Best


If your child has attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, you probably try to keep up with the latest news on whether certain foods make ADHD symptoms better or worse.

After all, there are lots of theories out there about ADHD and sugar, food colorings and allergens like nuts and gluten.

Researchers at the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital wanted to keep up with the facts, too. So they reviewed 70 trials and studies concerning ADHD and diets. Their conclusion:

Although it doesn’t replace medication, kids with ADHD do better on a diet rich in fish, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. A diet that includes fiber and folate, and leaves out the saturated fats and sugars found in processed and fast foods and sweetened drinks.

The Chicago researchers’ other helpful conclusion is that Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements seem to improve ADHD symptoms.

Here at True Citrus, we definitely agree that all kids are healthier without sugary or artificial drinks. So, whether your child has ADHD or not, try switching him or her to water bottles instead of soda bottles. All natural True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange or True Grapefruit are great substitutes for sweetened drinks, and have no sugars, calories or chemicals to worry about.

The findings also had some surprises in terms of what doesn’t affect ADHD. For instance, artificial colors, preservatives and sweeteners and common allergens like nuts did not affect all kids with ADHD, only those kids with specific sensitivities. The findings also pointed out that it hasn’t been conclusively proven in a well-run trial that refined sugar increases hyperactivity. (Wow! If you’ve seen a six-year-old before and after eating a cupcake you might find that hard to believe!)

In all, the researcher say that dietary changes are still not as effective as medication, and that for most kids with the disorder, medication plus a healthy diet will go the furthest toward controlling ADHD.