Studies have shown that an iron deficiency in the body can promote the development in ADHD in young children. The set-up were 53 children aged 4-14 diagnosed with ADHD, and a control group of 27 children without ADHD aged 4-14 as well.
What the researchers noticed was that the amount of ferritin contributed heavily to the behaviour of those children with ADHD. Ferritin is a protein that connects iron throughout the body and important organs.
A low level of iron meant that there was too much ferritin left over, causing 84% of children with ADHD to show more symptoms connected to ADHD in comparison to only 18% of the children without ADHD.
The researchers concluded the experiment by stating that low amounts of iron in the body contribute to ADHD and that those children would benefit from using iron supplements to keep their iron levels intact.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you might benefit from the right iron supplements as well. However, be sure to consult your doctor first before starting independently.40. Jama Pediatrics