Does food contribute to Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? I had a great time again with the crew of Live from the Couch on WLNY CBS TV this morning. I wanted to post some of the references for those interested and to recap the information. Read the Post →
This is the most recent review of all the data on diet and ADHD. This is a gold-mine of a paper that is very well written and presents the whole spectrum of evidence. If you are interested in the issue of diet and ADHD, this is a must read. Just like we are increasingly linking depression to dietary patterns, the data seems increasingly clear that for some, symptoms of ADHD can be ameliorated by dietary change. Read the abstract →
Another large, long prospective trial that implicates a “Western” diet with worse brain health. We have seen numerous studies implicate modern foods in depression and dementia. Now this amazing study from down under. This is the first study to clearly link a “western-style” diet with ADHD. This study followed almost 3000 kids from birth for 14 years. It found that eating more fat, saturated fat, sugar, refined carbs, and sodium and less omega-3s, folates, and fiber doubles the risk of getting an ADHD diagnosis. Kids who ate the most take-out food, potato chips, and soda were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Read the abstract →
Folates, also known as vitamin B9, are needed for a healthy brain and good moods as they keep brain cells healthy, ward off heart disease (drastic risk reductions), and even fight cancer. More About Folates →
Unlike their fried counterpart in french fries and potato chips, small colored potatoes are loaded with nutrients. Share your shopping tips on where to find purple potatoes in the comments. Read the Post →
Purple cauliflower is the purple potion that builds a better brain.
Cauliflower contains vitamin B6 and folate, two methylators that are vital to making neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine which regulated mood, memory, sex drive, pleasure and attention. They also reduce homocystiene, high levels of which are associated with both depression and heart disease. It is a brainfood carb as it is very low in sugar, but high in fiber. This purple potion is also packed with vitamin C. Read the Post →