Highly processed foods and deficits in nutrients are associated with poor mental health outcomes. This recent study examined the effect of a six-month diet that eliminated gluten, dairy (with A1 protein), food colourings, additives and preservatives, and nutrient supplementation (Fish oils, Zinc, Vit C, Vit. D3, Vit. E, Methylated B complex, Magnesium and a Multimineral complex on 32 children diagnosed with ADHD. A DSM5-ADHD symptoms questionnaire, QEEG, a Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.) and a faecal microbiology examination were administered pre and post treatment. Results indicate that following treatment, children with ADHD had improvements on all variables with large effect size.
Audience Take Away:
- Participants will learn the specifics of why and how elements of the “Western-Style” diet of processed foods, high in wheat lectins, food colourings, additives and preservatives interfere with the integrity and function of the gastro-intestinal tract and brain function.
- They will learn how to use Pathology testing. Quantitative EEG (QEEG) and TOVA to determine the effect of nutrient deficiencies on brain Neurophysiology that underpin various presentations of ADHD.
- They will be able to use the information provided to effectively treat children with ADHD using specific Dietary changes and Nutrient supplementation.
- This research may prompt academics to include these aspects in courses teaching Nutritional Psychology.
- This research provides further support for the effectiveness of Nutritional Psychology, as a treatment option for ADHD.
- This provides a practical and effective solution to the exponential increase in the prevalence of ADHD and addresses possible root environmental causes of the disorder.