Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 63–75 | Cite as

Nutrition in the Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Neglected but Important Aspect

  • Roseanne SchnollEmail author
  • Dmitry Burshteyn
  • Juan Cea-Aravena


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is multidetermined and complex, requiring a multifaceted treatment approach. Nutritional management is one aspect that has been relatively neglected to date. Nutritional factors such as food additives, refined sugars, food sensitivities/allergies, and fatty acid deficiencies have all been linked to ADHD. There is increasing evidence that many children with behavioral problems are sensitive to one or more food components that can negatively impact their behavior. Individual response is an important factor for determining the proper approach in treating children with ADHD. In general, diet modification plays a major role in the management of ADHD and should be considered as part of the treatment protocol.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roseanne Schnoll
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dmitry Burshteyn
    • 2
  • Juan Cea-Aravena
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health and Nutrition SciencesBrooklyn College of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySiena CollegeLoudonville
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyBrooklyn College of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn

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