The Best ADHD Diet Includes Vegetables

A good diet is imperative for people with a diagnosis of ADHD. One of the most important components of a healthy ADHD diet is eating a good amount of vegetables. Vegetables are important for ADHD because all vegetables have polyphenols. Polyphenols are a huge class of natural supplements that have been used of late to treat everything from cancer to ADHD. Polyphenols occur in all plant food and are known to be powerful antioxidants but recent studies have found that certain polyphenols act to normalize vitamin, mineral, and hormone levels in the brain and in other organs in our bodies.

The mechanisms of action and the benefits of vegetable polyphenols go even beyond the improvement in this normalization of nutrient use and reduction in oxidative stress. We know for sure that vegetables help cognition and may even help the cognitive deficits found in ADHD. A study performed at Harvard and published in the Annals of Neurology, looking at data for over 13,000 women; found that total vegetable intake was significantly associated with less cognitive decline. As more research is completed we learn more about the importance of a vegetable-rich diet and we learn how fruits and vegetable consumption helps our brains and other organs function better.

Much has been written about the Mediterranean diet and its role in increasing longevity but far less has been written about this diet and brain health. The Mediterranean diet is very rich in polyphenols. Supplements such as coffee, pycnogenol, Ginko-Biloba, and soy-based phosphatidylserine are all polyphenols. They are all anti-oxidants but the ADHD benefits that they confer all come from conferring different mechanisms.

Some studies indicate that in ADHD polyphenols repair the alteration of the metabolism of some trace elements which is part of the problem seem in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are several polyphenols that have been found to be helpful in the treatment of ADHD. Coffee is a polyphenol in the Phenolic acid class. It has been found to help memory and attention in ADHD.

Pycnogenol is a strong polyphenol in the same class of polyphenols as red wine, dark berries, and grape seed extract. Pycnogenol has been found is several studies to improve the symptoms of ADHD and a recent study found that pycnogenol improved the zinc, iron, and copper profiles of children with ADHD offering one explanation of how this polyphenol may help ADHD. More information on pycnogenol and ADHD can be found in this post.

One of the most studied polyphenols is soy. Soy is in the flavonoid class of polyphenols. The benefits of soy are many but a new study in the Journal of Clinical Biochemical Nutrition, published in November of 2010 determined that soybean-derived phosphatidylserine improves memory and cognition and other studies have found Phosphatidylserine helpful in the treatment of ADHD.

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