10 Nutritional Recommendations to Reduce Symptoms of ADHD

The food you eat plays in important role in the management of the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  The following is a list of recommendations you can do to help reduce your ADHD symptoms.

Eat lots of vitamin C by consuming foods rich in vitamin C
Take a multivitamin daily that includes:
vitamin B-12
folic acid
vitamin E
selenium
zinc
magnesium
Eat blueberries and/or take grape-seed extract
Drink lots of water—8 glasses for most people
Take omega-3: for a child, 2.5 grams per day; for an adult, 5 grams/day
Eat protein at every meal, especially breakfast
Eat more fruits and vegetables, and less starch and flour-based foods
Avoid junk foods
Try to eat fresh foods, rather than processed
Avoid foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce, those long words that usually end in ite or ate.
Avoid foods that contain trans-fatty acids.
Avoid foods, such as potato chips, that contain “partially hydrogenated” ingredients.
Don’t self-medicate with food—using sugar or junk to elevate your mood.
Not only will the above recommendations help to reduce your symptoms of ADHD, but they contribute to your overall good health.

Source: Delivered from Distraction by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D.

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