ADHD and Other Developmental Delays
The Gluten File
Attention Deficit Disorder - ADD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD and Celiac Disease
Memory/Learning: Eating to Learn: How Grains Impact on Our Ability to Focus, Comprehend, Remember, Predict, and Survive by Ron Hoggan
Celiac disease is markedly overrepresented
among patients presenting with ADHD. A gluten-free diet significantly
improved ADHD symptoms in patients with celiac disease in this study.
The results further suggest that celiac disease should be included in
the ADHD symptom checklist.
Although further research is required, the current evidence supports indications of nutritional and dietary influences on behavior and learning in these children, with the strongest support to date reported for omega-3s and behavioral food reactions.
Moreover, there were such biochemical alterations as a decrease of magnesium level in the plasma and erythrocytes and a reduction of Mg(2+)-ATPase activity. The use of MAGNE-B6 allowed us to correct many of the disturbances.
CONCLUSION: This open study indicates that hyperexcitable children have low ERC-Mg with normal serum Mg(2+) values, and that Mg(2+)/vitamin B6 supplementation can restore normal ERC-Mg levels and improve their abnormal behavior.
CONCLUSION: This study suggests that the variability of neurologic disorders that occur in CD is broader than previously reported and includes "softer" and more common neurologic disorders, such as chronic headache, developmental delay, hypotonia, and learning disorders or ADHD. Future longitudinal prospective studies might better define the full range of these neurologic disorders and their clinical response to a gluten-free diet.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that low iron stores contribute to ADHD and that ADHD children may benefit from iron supplementation.