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A recent small study measured Acrolein-lysine, a marker of oxidative stress, in children with ADHD, autism, and healthy controls. The children with ADHD had significantly higher levels than the controls. 3 of the 11 had very high levels of oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is associated with a number of chronic disease states, and is something we definitely want to avoid.

Oxidative stress occurs when the body cannot successfully get rid of the normal by-products of metabolism. We need antioxidants to accomplish this. Vitamins A,C, and E are the antioxidant vitamins, but there are many other important antioxidants in fruits and vegetables. This study emphasizes the importance of a good diet, with adequate fruits and vegetables, plus a multivitamin when necessary, in children with ADHD.

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