Relationship iron and ADHD

Written by: Dr. Juan Antonio Cruz Velarde
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

Dr. Cruz Velarde completed his training in Neurology at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid in 2000 and completed his training in Management and Quality of Care at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is an expert in the study and treatment of cognitive impairment and children's learning problems and ADHD (children over 5 years old). It also has training in child neurodevelopment and learning and behavior disorders. Also in Neurometabolism, Neuropsychology and Cognitive Stimulation. It integrates non-pharmacological therapies such as behavioral optometry, central auditory processing, Padovan, laterality development, sensory integration, orthomolecular therapy, neurogenetics, neurofeedback and neurorehabilitation. He has developed and worked in different assistance programs in the private health insurance sector in Madrid (Sanitas) in the areas of children, cerebrovascular and geriatric care. He has experience working with healthcare networks and scientific methodology for the assessment and evaluation of health technologies.

Dr. Cruz has also worked as a director of management and clinician in the Unit of brain damage in adults and children at the Beata Hospital in Madrid. Neuropsychology and Child Neurodevelopment, specialized in Neurophysiology of cognitive processes, quantitative electroencephalogram and cerebral mapping. In addition, he has specialized training in Orthomolecular Nutrition and Neurometabolism. He has collaborated in different assistance projects and publications in different medical societies, such as the Spanish Society of Neurology or the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. On the other hand, he combines his assistance work with teaching, being Practicum academic tutor in the Degree of Psychology of the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Pontifical University of Comillas.

He is currently director of Neuronae, Institute of Functional Neurobiology in Madrid, where he integrates neurometabolic and neurophysiological aspects of the main neurological syndromes and works in a healthcare network with different reference centers in neurological treatments nationwide. He also works as a neurologist in the Neurological Sciences Unit of Madrid and in the Neuroscenter center, in Barcelona.

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