Nutrients may help with ADHD
The New Zealand Herald
A vitamin-mineral treatment could help kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Kiwi-led research suggests.
ADHD is estimated to affect 2 to 5 per cent of all children and boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with it.
Despite decades of research, its exact cause remains unknown.
A team led by
The programme involved the first fully blinded, randomised, controlled trial of medication-free children with ADHD, who were assigned to either micronutrients or a placebo for 10 weeks.
That approach had previously been limited to open-label studies, which had shown promise.
In a new study, clinicians, parents and teachers reported how those children on micronutrients showed greater improvements in emotional regulation, aggression and general functioning compared with those on the placebo.
“While the children still displayed some hyperactivity and impulsivity on micronutrients, they were less anxious, slept better, their appetites were not suppressed, and their attention improved,” Rucklidge said.
The study team included researchers from