New research suggests that children who pursue healthier dietary patterns may experience less inattention issues associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The parents of 134 children with ADHD symptoms were instructed to participate in the study. They were administered a questionnaire covering the children’s dietary habits over a three month span.
The research appeared in Nutritional Neuroscience.
“The etiology of ADHD is multi-factorial; symptom severity is associated with diet. This study examines the association of diet quality with ADHD and emotional dysregulation symptoms within a pediatric research cohort,” the authors explained in their study.
“These findings suggest that dietary intake may impact inattention in children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation: those eating less fruits and vegetables were likely to have more severe symptoms of inattention. Causality is not established by this cross-sectional analysis.”