Many researchers suggest that modifying your diet may alleviate some of the symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The role of diet and nutrition in an effort to help lessen the symptoms of hyperactivity in ADHD is under analysis.
ADHD is a brain-based medical disorder caused by faulty connections between nerve cells that regulate attention. CDC reports that the rates of ADHD diagnosis have increased an average of 5 percent per year from 2003 to 2011. As of 2011, 11 percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD and about two-thirds of those kids are on some form of prescription medication.
Diet rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and complex carbohydrates can help to ease hyperactivity although more studies are needed to make definitive claims.
Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for cell growth and repair and can be found in halibut, salmon, trout, tuna, nuts and seeds. Complex carbohydrates are made up of a long complex chain of sugar molecules and can be found in beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Artificial dyes and sweeteners, preservatives, sugars and allergens in foods may aggravate the symptoms of ADHD and should be avoided. Sodium benzoate, a popular preservative, can be found in many acidic foods (think salad dressings and condiments), medicines and cosmetics has been linked to increased hyperactivity.
The top eight food allergens are wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Moreover unknown food sensitivity may trigger hyperactivity or inattentiveness because it affects brain function.