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The ADHD Diet Plan: Healthy Foods and Supplements for Kids & Adults

What are the healthiest foods and supplements for an ADHD brain? Studies show that a high-protein, low-sugar, no-additive ADHD diet combined with supplements like fish oil and zinc can help keep symptoms in check. Learn how to get smart about nutrition here.

9 Comments: The ADHD Diet Plan: Healthy Foods and Supplements for Kids & Adults

  1. I have ADHD and tested negative for food allergies. However, the allergist did give me a list of foods with similar toxicologías to the non edible plants I tested positive for with allergies. I was told that it is a cross contamination due to the toxicology in the plants. A few years later I went to a dermatologist that tested me for chemical allergies. Turns out I am allergic to fragrances. Eliminating fragrances has helped a lot with my irritability. But, it was interesting because he gave me a list of foods that I could be sensitive to because they are similar to the chemical fragrances. Between the allergist and the dermatologist I have been able to identify foods that make things worse for me when I have no allergies to them. So food can play a part, but it is useful to have medical professionals identify What to focus on.

  2. @annacoe1048 – I completely agree with your comment and question. I am dealing with the same dilemma – 10yo son with ADHD and sensory issues who is a very picky eater. Issues with food textures, colors and smells make it nearly impossible to get good food in him. He will also not eat any condiments so it’s not possible to “disguise” the healthy stuff – he won’t even drink smoothies. Meal time is very stressful and I’m super worried about his nutrition.

  3. I would definitely agree that sugar spikes and lows are not good for anyone and that my ADHD child is more attracted to junk food than most. What I never get with all of these articles is “How do you get the kid to eat the right stuff?”!!!
    I cook great meals with lots of thought about nutrition and my ADHD’er just balks and says she just won’t eat that night. I gave up for a while this school year but I’m getting my head about me again and would love help.
    Remember. it’s not what to eat but how to get a junk food junkie to actually eat it.

  4. From my own experience, I’m not a doctor or a medical professional, sugar isn’t the problem so much as the crash. Heightened glucose in the blood has been proven in many studies to improve performance and focus and lower ADHD symptoms (Dr. Russell Barkley brings this up often). Low doses of sugar over a long duration will help people with ADHD greatly. Avoiding all sugars will not.

    1. Not sure where you see “cut out all sugar ” in the article. The section about blood sugar is stopping it from spiking and dropping by eating sugars that will slowly release throughout the day

  5. Hi I new to this group my son aged 7 went for a assessment on Monday just gone, I genuinely thought the assessment was for dyslexia but the consultant said he has ADHD and wants to start him on medication I declined it as I don’t think he has ADHD I think he has dyslexia and trates of ADHD maybe ‘ADD’ I’m just after some advice on the way to go forward. Thanks in advance

    1. Research, research, research and get second, third opinions if you want to be sure you get the right answers.

      1. Or not… The different assessment tests used by therapists have been proven to be significantly out of sync with one another. Studies show that they flag completely different children as ADHD 30% of the time. A second or even 3rd opinion may bring different results.

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