Relationship iron and ADHD

Written by: Dr. Juan Antonio Cruz Velarde
Published: | Updated: 16/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

It is well known the influence of the mineral iron in hemoglobin production processes or diseases such as anemia and symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, as well as stimulating the immune system.

hyperactivity Since the Neurology understand this fundamental in mineral dopamine synthesis and as a cofactor for the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase. Moreover, it has also linked lack of iron in situations where the brain neurotransmitter involved. In this sense, for the treatment of restless legs syndrome, which responds to dopaminergic drugs, it is very useful and helps iron. Thanks to him there is an improvement in symptoms when the rate of the mineral deposits in tissues is low, even with stable blood levels.

Moreover, it has also been linked to other diseases iron involved in dopamine, Parkinson's disease. Recently, a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests the factor of iron deficiency during pregnancy and lactation process as a major risk factor in the development of autism in children.

Under this relationship, between iron and neuronal pathology and neurodevelopmental it is impossible to think of another very common condition where the deficit of dopamine plays a leading role: syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Animal studies have shown that the reduction of iron reduces brain dopamine receptors, as well as lower levels of ferritin in children with ADHD detected in controls. Thanks to neuroimaging we see lower levels of brain iron in these patients.

Yet still they require more studies supporting the influence of iron in these neurodevelopmental disorders.

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By Dr. Juan Antonio Cruz Velarde
Neurology

Dr. Cruz Velarde completed his training in Neurology at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid in 2000 and completed his training in Care Management and Quality at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is an expert in the study and treatment of cognitive impairment and problems of childhood learning and ADHD (children over 5 years). He has developed and worked in different Assistance Programs in the private health insurance sector in Madrid (Sanitas) in the children, cerebrovascular and geriatric care areas. Work experience with assistance networks and scientific methodology for assessment and evaluation of health technologies. Training in child neurodevelopment and learning and behavior disorders. Neurometabolism. Neuropsychology and Cognitive Stimulation. Integrates non-pharmacological therapies such as behavioral optometry, central auditory processing, Padovan, Laterality Development, Sensorial Integration, Ortomolecular Therapy, Neurogenetics, Neurofeedback and Neurorehabilitation. He is currently Director of Neuronae, Institute of Functional Neurobiology in Madrid, where he integrates neurometabolic aspects and neurophysiological studies of the main neurological syndromes and works in the care network with different centers of reference in neurological treatments at a national level.

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