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06-10-10, 07:53 AM
Different diets have been put forth to help ease the symptoms of ADHD. They're based on the philosophy that some, or even all, people with ADHD react to foods or ingredients such as food additives, or may lack sufficient levels of nutrients such as zinc. Will a special diet help you or your child? The research consensus is a resounding maybe, but eating healthfully can't hurt.
Feingold Diet
The oldest and no doubt best known of the ADHD diets, the Feingold Diet is named after its creator, the late Dr. Benjamin Feingold. Feingold, an allergist, was treating patients for aspirin sensitivity when he noticed that removing salicylates from their diets also cleared up ADHD-like symptoms. It is an elimination diet -- that is, a diet in which you eliminate certain foods, then add them back to see if the symptoms come back. The Feingold Diet eliminates artificial colorings and flavorings, preservatives and salicylates (the active ingredient in aspirin and a compound found naturally in some foods, especially fruits). Some people have reported success with the diet, but detractors point out that the Feingold Diet hasn't been shown to help most kids and that it's very restrictive and difficult to follow.

Other Elimination Diets
Food allergies and sensitivities, such as gluten intolerance or mold allergies, can lead to a host of symptoms, including ADHD-like symptoms, such as problems focusing. If you notice that you feel better or worse after eating certain foods or food groups, it might make sense to try an elimination diet. This type of diet can be tricky to manage, so consult an allergist.
More Protein, Fewer Refined Carbs

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist and ADHD expert, recommends limiting sugars and other refined carbohydrates, which can make you tired and create "brain fog." He approves of diets such as the Zone,

Sugarbusters, the South Beach Diet and Powerful Food for Powerful Minds & Bodies. All balance lean protein with varying amounts of "good" fats and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and vegetables, and reduce or eliminate refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white bread.

Diets Rich in ADHD-Friendly Nutrients
Besides eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, you can try eating more foods rich in elements that may help ease ADHD symptoms, or taking supplements. Micronutrients that may help with ADHD include B vitamins, zinc, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3s), magnesium and carnitine. In a review of the published studies on ADHD and dietary supplements in the April 2009 issue of "Expert Reviews in Neurotherapeutics," New Zealand University of Canterbury researchers reported that the evidence is strongest for zinc, which is found in protein-rich foods such as meats, poultry, seafood and dairy products. Consult your doctor before taking supplements. Some can interact with medications, and zinc can be toxic in large amounts.

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12-14-10, 06:44 PM
You make a lot of good points here. I know that diet can effect all kinds of things when it comes to health. It would only make scene that it could effect ADHD. I think if we can control it with diet rather then drugs that is always a good thing.