There is no specific diet that will improve ADHD in adults. Yet, some foods may help you with your symptoms while others might hinder them.
Certain types of foods can worsen symptoms of ADD in adults. A balanced diet ensures you’re getting adequate levels of the right foods optimizes your brain’s function.
High protein foods such as pork, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, nuts, and soy can help ease ADHD symptoms. The body uses protein-rich foods to make neurotransmitters, the chemical that help brain cells communicate.
Zinc and Magnesium
Zinc regulates the neurotransmitter dopamine and studies show it may make methylphenidate (Ritalin) more effective.
Research suggests that iron supplementation may benefit children with ADHD and iron deficiency. Restless legs syndrome is also common in people with iron deficiency.
Zinc, Iron, and Magnesium found in seafood, lean meats, and poultry all reduce ADHD symptoms.
Avoid high-sugar foods as they can exacerbate ADHD symptoms. A Yale University study found that high-sugar diets increase inattention in children. Stay informed by reading the labels of products. Avoid products with the following ingredients: high-fructose corn sweetener, dehydrated cane juice; dextrin; dextrose; maltodextrin; sucrose; molasses; and malt syrup.
Artificial Dyes and Preservatives
Studies in The Lancet Medical Journal, suggest that food coloring and preservatives affect ADHD patients. While the preservative sodium benzoate, makes some individuals without ADHD hyperactive.
Avoid food with artificial colors and replace sodas with fruit juice.