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What is the suggested diet for ADHD for complete recovery
(March 13, 2009)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental problem in children. It is more common in children below the age of seven years. Typical symptoms of ADHD are impulsive behavior, lack of attention and hyperactivity. In some individuals, the condition extends into adulthood, though the capacity of impulse control is greater in adults. The common contributing factors of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are food additives, food colors, sugar, environmental toxins and caffeine.

These, apart from genetic factors result in a chemical balance in the brain. The association between high sugar intake and ADHD is still under research. A celebration gives rise to hyperactive behavior in children.

Caffeine is a stimulant and hence not recommended for children. Carbonated beverages and energy drinks, which contain caffeine, are not given for children. Dilute juices are helpful. Candies and cookies are completely avoided. Omega 3 is a beneficial essential fatty acid, which is seen to occur in vegetable sources such as hemp, walnuts and flax, apart from fish. Research reveals the proper functioning of the brain in the presence of omega 3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is equally important. Fish such as tuna, salmon, herring and sardines are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids. About two fish meals is recommended on a weekly basis. Foods that are enriched with omega 3 fatty acids such as bread and milk are helpful. Use flaxseed oil in combination with other foods, to enhance the omega 3 content.

Certain DHA supplements, from marine algae are also recommended. DHA is docosa hexaenoic acid, which is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid. Some kids suffering from ADHD are benefited by elimination of gluten from the diet. About 400 mg of DHA supplements are permitted on a daily basis. Organic foods are better preferred, as they are free of fertilizers and pesticides. The latter increases the risk of hyperactivity in some children. Traces of mercury, which are available in fish and shell fish, result in a decrease in concentration and thinking ability. Supplements of minerals and vitamins prove helpful. Certain other supplements, which are necessary in the diet of a kid with ADHD, are Phosphatidylserine, Ginkgo Biloba, N-acetyl-cysteine, Coenzyme Q-10, and Alpha lipoic acid. A lot of support from the family members especially, parents is highly beneficial. They should not be isolated in any situation, and should be made to know that they are cared for.

Submitted by M S on March 13, 2009 at 06:18


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