ADHD. Hyperactive children. Diets and supplements. Treatments and remedies. Natural Medicine

ADHD. Hyperactive children. Food and supplements
1. As a first step the use of refined sugars should be reduced or eliminated altogether, especially at breakfast, to avoid cycles of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
2. All refined foods should be avoided due to its poor quantity of nutrients and because of not being organic, these foods contain additives and stimulants that can affect the child negatively. Parents should therefore be concerned about using organic foods whenever possible for children so as not to consume preservatives or colours.
3. Excessive consumption of dairy, which can often cause intolerance or irritable bowel symptoms in a child, should be minimized or eliminated.
4. Saturated fats and partially or fully hydrogenated fats should be abolished and instead replaced with unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

It is necessary to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and grains, preferably whole grain rice. If you eat fish, it is best grilled or boiled and cooked with good quality oil.

Remedies with Nutritional Supplements for ADHD
To ensure that the hyperactive child does not lack any nutrient, it may be necessary to supplement foods with essential fatty acids, a complex multinutrient and a protein supplement.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)

Fatty acids from the omega 3 and omega 6 family are essential for the child. They contribute to neurological and immune development and regulate diverse biological functions.

The deficit of omega 3 and omega 6 can cause disorders in children among which is hyperactivity, inability to pay attention and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Feingold conducted a clinical trial that consisted of the administration of evening primrose oil to hyperactive children from various countries. The results showed that 70% of children had a positive response to the use of supplements with polyunsaturated fatty acids.

As a general recommendation cycles can be done in which the child is given primula or evening primrose oil 1 g per day ( pinch pearls and drain the oil onto a spoon or add it to food), changing stages in which the main oil is fish oil, also 1 g / day.

Complex multinutrient
The deficit in vitamins and minerals is an aggravating factor in ADHD. So supplementation with a complex of vitamins and minerals especially formulated for children can be very positive. This complex must provide B vitamins, antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E) and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Moreover, there are products on the market that are chewable, have a pleasant taste and are sugar free.

Antioxidant vitamins, among other functions, help us in the process of detoxification. In particular, vitamin C stimulates the brain and immune functions and is essential in the absorption of iron.
Vitamin B complex helps brain metabolism and glucose and helps to balance nerves.

Protein Supplement
In cases of ADHD, there often exists an imbalance between carbohydrates and proteins. Usually children tend to have more carbohydrates than protein. The correct amount of protein is essential for the proper development of the child. Although an excess could also be counterproductive. It is better for hyperactive children to increase their protein intake in the morning and reduce sugars. It may be recommended to take supplements based on pea protein, or protein foods (nuts, almonds, tofu, etc.). Along with some juicy fruit (apples).  The chosen supplements should be free of lactose, gluten and wheat.

Amino acids and ADHD

Amino acids have a large influence on the synthesis of various inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters in the structures of the brain. One of the most important is tryptophan because it is the precursor of serotonin. Serotonin is important for proper brain function and it induces relaxation, helps sleep and  regulates mood swings.

Another amino acid that has been studied to help ADHD is L-theanine. This amino acid increases alertness, encourages relaxation without drowsiness, improves learning and concentration, reduces tension and anxiety and improves quality of sleep.
Finally, do not forget that these recommendations are general, so that each case must be tailored to the particular needs of the child by a physician or health care professional.

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