Tag: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Common Pesticide Linked to Increase in ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 11 percent of children aged four to 17—that’s 6.4 million children diagnosed as of 2011. Boys are three to four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. While there are certain hereditary factors that make some children more likely to develop ADHD more than others, environmental factors are also thought to play an…

Breastfeeding May Protect Against ADHD and Improve IQ

The beneficial effects of breastfeeding are many. Children who are breastfed are at less risk of developing ear infections, colds, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and even leukemia.1 Breastfeeding has also been linked to improved brain development and lower risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems. Because ADHD and other behavioral problems are also linked to the child’s IQ—which…

Breastfeeding May Protect Against ADHD

Breastfeeding, when possible, is one of the best ways for a mother to give her infant a healthy head start in life. Babies who are breast fed establish a healthy balance of bacteria in their intestines, rich in beneficial bifidobacteria. An early diet of nature’s perfect food confers a number of benefits to the recipient babies, including possible protection against…

High Mercury Content Found in Canned Tuna—Children’s #1 Favorite Fish

The largest source of methylmercury—the most toxic form of the heavy metal mercury—obtained through the diet comes from canned tuna. Thirty-two percent of dietary methylmercury, a known neurotoxin, comes from canned tuna. There are two main types of tuna—albacore and light tuna. Albacore is known to be higher in mercury than light tuna, and so the current federal advisory issued…

Omega-3s and ADHD

I recently blogged about the benefits of omega-3 DHA for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). On the heels of that study, a Cochrane Review of omega-3 and omega-6 studies for ADHD was published. Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of human research. When it comes to dietary supplements, Cochrane reviews tend to be extremely conservative. When a Cochrane Review favors…

DHA Linked to ADHD Improvements

ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in children. It is believed to affect up to 1 in 20 children in the United States. A recent study published in the journal Nutrition found that in children supplemented with omega-3 EPA and DHA, those with the highest levels of DHA detected in red blood cell membrane tests…

So SAD

The Standard American Diet (aptly named SAD), also known as the Western diet, is full of processed and fried foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars, and saturated and trans fats. It is low in fiber, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beneficial fats (like omega-3s). This diet has been blamed (and rightfully so) for so many different health conditions,…

Diet and Behavior in ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or ADD as it used to be called, affects 5% of children worldwide. A recent study published in the journal Lancet evaluated the effects of a restrictive elimination diet on ADHD symptoms in children aged 4–8. The diet consisted of rice, meat, vegetables, pears and water for five weeks. Symptoms improved in 78% of the…