The Effect Of Supplementation Of Omegaâ€3, Zinc And Magnesium Rich Snack In Reducing The Neurobehavioral Symptoms In Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)†A Pilot Study


  • Sri Ramachandra University, Clinical Nutrition, Chennai, India


ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. The causes for ADHD are multifactorial and requiring a multifaceted treatment approach. Dietary modification and some nutrients play a major role in the management of ADHD and should be considered as part of the treatment protocol. Objectives: To formulate and standardize a nutritious cookie with emphasis on omegaâ€3, zinc and magnesium rich food sources and to evaluate the outcome (reducing the symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsivity) of supplementation. Materials and methods: The Purposive random sampling technique was conducted on 16 children in the age group of 4â€8 years (boys) diagnosed with ADHD. They were segregated as study and control group (eight children in each group). The study group was supplemented cookies rich with omegaâ€3, zinc and magnesium rich food sources over a period of 8 weeks + 4 days. Behavior was assessed at the baseline and at the end of the supplementation period using Child behavior checklist (CBCL). Results: Following 8 weeks+ 4 days of supplementation, the study group children showed a significant reduction in symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (p<0.001). Though there was a reduction in the total and ADHD scores in the control group but still, it was not statistically significant. Conclusion: The results conclude that omegaâ€3, zinc and magnesium enriched snack has a beneficial effect in reducing ADHD symptoms in study group children and long term consumption of foods rich in these nutrients can bring about a greater change in their behavior and can improve the quality of life.


Attention †Hyperactivity, Scoring, micronutrients, Supplementation, Outcome

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