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What is the Feingold diet and how does it help ADHD symptoms?

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Years ago, Ben Feingold, MD, an allergist, created a popular elimination diet designed to treat hyperactivity. With elimination diets for ADHD, you take certain foods out of your child's diet to see if they affect your child's behavior. The Feingold Diet cuts out artificial colorings, flavorings, and preservatives to decrease hyperactivity. While most scientific studies have disproved Feingold's theory, some parents who have tried it say they noticed an improvement in their child's behavior.

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National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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