Diet for ADHD children


Here are five foods to give your child plenty of:

Essential fatty acids or EFAs. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon and other cold water fish, nuts, nut butters, and flax seed, is wonderful for your ADHD child’s brain. Children with any kind of learning disorder often have an EFA deficiency. Fats are incredibly important for brain functioning at the basic synapse to synapse level. These fatty acids will help the brain cells send and receive messages, pushing the information along. The vitamin section of your store will also carry a variety of fish oil supplements which are also good.

Vitamin B complex. B vitamins are associated with improved brain activity. There are some side effects to some kind of vitamin B so consult your pediatrician first. In a diet, try whole grain cereals and breads, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats and fish, fruits and vegetables and soy products.


Protein sustains energy. Eating small amounts of protein throughout the day, including breakfast, will stabilize the energy flow for children with ADHD. This includes string cheese in a whole grain tortilla, boiled eggs or low fat yogurt. Protein powders can also easily be mixed into smoothies.

Calcium and magnesium. Calcium is responsible not only for strong bones but also for healthy tissues and cell membranes. Importantly, it also helps with the nervous system in impulse transmission which can help a child communicate and control his body. Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps with metabolism and protein synthesis. Taken together, these minerals counteract each other’s side effects and help with absorption.

Trace minerals. Zinc and iron are especially important. Most ADHD kids have low zinc levels. Iron regulates natural dopamine, a neurotransmitter. While these may be found in fruits and vegetables, your best bet may be a multi-vitamin just to be sure your child is getting enough.

Source: MSN Helath


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