Study: Restrictive diet reduces ADHD symptoms in kids

February 4, 2011 2:01:22 PM PST
It's been a subject of debate for some time now: do children with ADHD benefit from a restrictive diet?

A new study in the journal The Lancet says, "yes."

It found that when children between the ages of 4 and 8 were placed on a diet containing no processed foods for five weeks, ADHD symptoms diminished in 78 percent of them.

Also, when the suspect trouble foods were reintroduced into the diet, two-thirds of the children experienced a relapse in symptoms.

Experts say that in order for this diet to work, parents have to be very consistent with it.