ADHD children can benefit from healthier diet

Thursday 26th April 2012
ADHD children can benefit from healthier diet
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A change in diet can benefit children with ADHD, according to a team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen.

In a series of studies, the team, led by professor Kim Fleischer, found that substances such as fatty acids from fish can help moderate the symptoms of the condition in some cases but were found to be ineffective in others.

However, they found that changes to a diet are not always an effective method of regulating or helping to rectify the ADHD condition and Prof Fleischer admitted that more research needs to be done.

She said: "We still lack knowledge about which children with ADHD benefit from dietary changes, how positive the effect is in the long term and what the changes mean for children's health."

Tine Houmann, a consultant at the Centre for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, believes that some cases are solely down to "genetic and environmental factors".

According to NHS statistics, three to nine per cent of children and young people in the UK are affected by ADHD.

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