Last year, Indian researchers published a study in the Asian Journal of Home Science showing a connection between nutrition and the severity of ADHD symptoms.
The researchers studied 50 children who had ADHD symptoms and who were between the ages of 4 and 12. They were the split into two groups: a control group and a nutritional intervention group. During 6 sessions, researchers assessed their nutritional consumption and their ADHD symptom severity.
What the researchers discovered was that reducing chocolate, refined wheat flour, baked sweets, soft drinks, and junk food consumption was connected to a reduction in ADHD symptoms. They went even further, saying that before medication intervention, mental health practitioners should try nutritional intervention as a treatment for ADHD symptoms:
If children do not exhibit any change in the ADHD symptoms after subjecting to elimination of diet and consuming healthy foods, only then standard medical treatment and drugs can be considered.
This study joins a growing body of research showing a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. Here at Truehope, we have been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.
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