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Living With ADD/ADHD

What foods help ADHD?

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  • AHeather Wittenberg, PhD, Psychology, answered

    Eating right is important to your body – AND your mind. A nutritionist specializing in ADHD can help you plan your meals, given all the relevant health information in your specific case. But in general, whole, unprocessed grains, lots of fruits and veggies, and avoiding “sugar/carb/caffeine highs” are all ways to use foods to help keep your mind focused. There are good studies that show that omega-3 fatty acids – especially the version called DHA for children – can be very important for developing brains.

  • There aren’t any foods that have consistently been shown to help patients with ADHD. There is interesting research in foods that may contribute to ADHD, however. Most concern has been about artificial food coloring increasing ADHD symptoms in children, but no definitive answer has emerged.
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