Much has been written about diet and ADD ADHD. The research shows that special diets can have some benefit for some people, but sound like a headache to manage and often for small benefit. I have been dubious. Now more general research (by Felice Jacka PhD) is showing an effect of diet on the brain. This could have implications for ADD ADHD.
In summary, the Western junk food diet causes a shrinkage of the left hippocampus. A more rational, balanced diet can cause growth of the left hippocampus. The left hippocampus is associated with memory and learning.
From the article:
Many animal studies show that saturated fats and refined sugars have a negative effect on the brain proteins that protect brain cells from oxidative stress and that promote growth of new brain cells.
Further, antioxidants, or protective lipids, like omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil), increase these protective proteins.
So I try to keep an open mind, even with my shrunken hippocampus. These findings don’t suggest that bad diet causes ADD ADHD, but since we presumably have no hippocampus to spare, bad diet could make us worse.
I’m working on a big post on recent science about ADD ADHD, but it’s complicated. Be patient.
Another Link: Not about ADD ADHD, but you really need to see this. Well, actually, maybe it could be related to ADD ADHD. OK, so I lost the link. But let me assure you, it was great. Still looking.