Research highlights a crucial link between nutrition, ADHD and brain health, and there is some evidence, although not fantastic quality evidence, but some nonetheless, that indicates smart food choices for ADHD and Brain Health and data on supplementation which can influence cognitive Function,
On the show we have Dr Rachel Gow, Ph.D who is both a nutrition professional and experienced researcher plus a parent of a child with ADHD who has the experience of being in the position of not knowing what to do to help their child. ADHD affects 1 in 20 children – 500,000 in the UK and roughly one in every classroom. And there are some incredibly well known figures in business, the arts and dance who are diagnosed with ADHD, but there is also a darker side to the condition that doesn’t get as much airtime and is something that we should be mindful of.
Rachel is a London based psychologist specialising in child and adult mental health and has specific expertise in ADHD, Autism, Depression, Anxiety and related learning and behaviour conditions. In addition, Dr. Gow is a Registered Nutritionist and has a Masters of Science in Psychological Research Methods, She has published approximately 22 peer reviewed book chapters and scientific papers, and her first book “Smart Foods for ADHD and Mental Health” is being published by Hachette in February 2021.
Dr. Gow frequently lectures at London Metropolitan University, the University of Surrey and has an honorary role at The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
On the show today we talk about:
- Rachel’s personal story with her child’s development
- OMEGA-3 Fatty acids and why they are critical for the brain and it’s function
- Clinical trials looking at supplementation
- The impact of the gut on Serotonin, Dopamine, Neurogenesis and Brain Inflammation
- OMEGA-3 for depression and ADHD