Diet Choices for ADHD: Best and Worst Foods

Although food and nutrition are not linked to the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there is some research and schools of thought that nutrition and diet can help control the symptoms of ADHD for some people. Foods that feed and nourish the brain are good for your overall health, and they can also be good for those suffering from ADHD.

Some of The Best Foods For ADHD

High Protein Foods

Eggs, cheese, meats, nuts, soy and low-fat dairy products, just to name a few. Protein-rich foods help the body produce neurotransmitters, which brain cells need in order to communicate with each other. Protein has also been shown to help blood sugar levels to stabilize and not have surges, which besides being a good choice for diabetics, it can as well help reduce some symptoms of ADHD.

Complex Carbohydrates

Think vegetables, certain fruits like kiwis, pears, apples, and grapefruit. Other ideas include brown rice, quinoa, butternut squash, sweet potato and lentils. Complex carbohydrates take the body longer to digest and so also help to control blood sugar levels which can lead to less hyperactivity.

Omega-3s

These fatty acids are found in foods like salmon, tuna, Brazil nuts, olives, and olive oil. Omega-3s are very important for nerve and brain function. There have been studies showing that an increase in omega-3 intake can reduce ADHD symptoms in some people.

Vitamins and Minerals

Zinc, magnesium, iron and B vitamins are some of the essential minerals and vitamins for a healthy brain. They help with neurotransmitter production and regulation. They have also been linked to improved cognitive functions, like the ability to concentrate.

These minerals and vitamins can be found in foods like seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts, and soy. We may not always get our full daily amount from our diet, so a multivitamin may be useful. If this is for your child, it is best to consult with your doctor for the right supplements and the right dosage so as not to overdose or interfere with other medications. (read more…)