With more than 6.5 million American children being diagnosed with ADHD, and close to 70% of them being medicated, it sure makes sense that we should consider how lifestyle factors, including diet, may affect a child’s ability to pay attention in school.
Certainly, DHA is important, as research has demonstrated significant improvement in focus in children with higher levels of this omega-3 fat.
In this new report, researchers compared dietary fiber consumption to tests of children’s ability to focus. They found that higher levels of dietary fiber were correlated with better ability to pay attention and avoid distraction.
Dietary fiber increases the ability of our probiotic gut organisms to make various chemicals, some of which are helpful for brain function. In addition, dietary fiber helps reduce inflammation, which can further complicate a child’s ability to focus.