Can What You Eat Affect ADHD Symptoms?

by ih-chi admin

We know that a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and whole grains gets an A+ for children’s health. Can it also be beneficial for ADHD symptoms?

While the research isn’t clear, and changes in diet may or may not improve symptoms of ADHD in all children, simple modifications will provide a foundation for health. And that's important any day of the week.

The two most commonly discussed diet changes include:

  • Less food preservatives. Meant to increase shelf-life, sodium benzoate, found in many pantry and fridge staples like salad dressings and carbonated beverages, has also been linked to hyperactivity. Remember, fresh is best.
  • Getting more Omega-3 fatty acids. These supplements are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. A growing body of research is showing the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids on reducing inattention symptoms.

Speak to a physician before making any changes to your child’s diet including adding supplements. If you have questions about ADHD, request an appointment with a Child Neurology Consultants  provider.