Can Probiotics Help with ADHD?
The quick answer is yes. Recent scientific findings show that probiotic supplements may reduce the risk of ADHD and Autism.
Benefits of Probiotics for ADHD
For the first time, a direct relation was demonstrated between consumption of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, given at the first six month of life, and the future incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome (AS).
Scientific Findings Related to ADHD and Probiotics
At the age of 13 years ADHD or AS was diagnosed in 6/35 (17.1%) children in the placebo group. None were diagnosed in the 35 probiotic group.
The mean (SD) numbers of Bifidobacterium species bacteria in feces during the first six months of life was lower in affected children – 8.26 (1.24)log cells/g than in healthy children – 9.12 (0.64) log cells/g.
Thus, it was shown that receiving one specific species of a probiotic eliminated the development of either ADHD or autistic spectrum. This is a first scientific proof of the direct linkage between probiotics and such autism related conditions.
ADHD and Probiotics: Resources
A possible link between early probiotic intervention and the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders later in childhood: a randomized trial. Anna Pärtty Et al. Pediatric Research 2015 In Press.
* Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on Wikipedia.