The Best ADHD Diet Includes Vegetables

Catechins are polyphenols found in green and white tea, chocolate, berries, and apples. The catechins have also been found to be helpful for ADHD cognition. A recent study of 700 adults published last year, in the Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, found that “Tea consumption was associated with better cognitive performance in community-living Chinese older adults. The protective effect of tea consumption on cognitive function was not limited to a particular type of tea.”

You can get polyphenols into your system by eating supplements but multiple studies have shown the absorption and the benefits of polyphenols are greater if you eat polyphenol-rich fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, vegetables are, in this country, under-consumed by children so supplements must fill the gap left by dietary inadequacies.

I believe that a good ADHD diet and having your kids eat vegetables is so important that several years ago I started a garden in my yard. I wanted my kids to grow vegetables that they would nurture, love, and then eat. I have grown carrots, radishes, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkin, corn, peppers, and eggplant and with the exception of the eggplant, my kids have devoured all their vegetables. My kids love picking the cherry tomatoes right of the plant and popping them into their mouths, they love the carrots and often pick them before they are ready because they are sweet and cute and the fresh corn is like candy to them.

A diet rich in vegetables can help children with ADHD. Parents should make a point of ensuring that their children consume as many vegetables as possible in order to improve ADHD behavior.

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