Are there alternatives to prescribing stimulant medication for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Parents are often hesitant to give their children prescription medication and may be concerned about the possible side effects and long term impact of taking stimulant medication or other drugs which are frequently prescribed for ADHD. I am frequently asked questions about alternatives to using to using prescription medication and if nutrition can help their children improve focus and have an impact on their behavior. There is substantial research being conducted to find answers to these important questions. Currently there appears to be some evidence that nutrition does play a role regarding ADHD. Some areas that are being explored relate to the relationship of omega fatty acids, the impact of sugars and protein, and the effects of using dyes and food additives. There may be some foods which we want to restrict from our children's diets and other foods which we may want to include more frequently into their daily nutrition program. It may be that protein rich foods and healthy fats may improve brain function and simple carbohydrates may have a tendency to make our brain function more sluggish. Often children who are having difficulty concentrating may start their day with an excessive amount of carbohydrate from eating cereals which are overloaded with sugars. It may be beneficial for children to have an appropriate amount of protein in the morning to help the concentrate in the early part of their school day. Supplementing our children's diet with vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids may also be helpful. Much more research needs to be conducted in this area and hopefully soon we will be better able to understand the connection between nutrition and brain function.
ADHD and Nutrition
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