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ADHD RESOURCES

5 Best Foods for ADHD or an Unfocused Mind

A ton of foods are obviously bad for AD/HD, but do you know some of the best foods for ADHD?

Coconut Shell

“A cut coconut shell” by Aravind Sivaraj – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

  • Coconut

Coconut is a delicious tropical fruit that happens to be high in medium triglycerides, which are important for healthy brain function. Not only that, but coconut water (or the juice that’s in the coconut when you first crack it) is great for hydration and has in fact been used, in extreme cases for blood transfusion because of it’s chemical similarity. When you buy a whole coconut, or thai coconut, you can use the coconut water and the meat, perhaps some banana and make a great smoothie. A recipe, and more information about coconut can be found here: http://www.prevention.com/health/brain-games/11-brain-boosting-smoothies?s=2

  1. Nutmeg

Nutmeg has been known since at least the seventh century as a focus booster by it’s ability to increase blood flow to the brain. A regular dose of nutmeg can help increase focus and relieve mental stress. Can be great in coconut banana smoothies with a little bit of cinnamon! But be careful, don’t go overboard on the nutmeg, as in excessively. It is known to have adverse temporary psychological effects if consumed in large amounts.

  1. Salmon

Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. There are 3 other kinds of omega fatty acids (6, 9 and 12), but we generally get most of these in good amounts in our regular diet. Omega-3 can end up being the odd one out and stop us from having a balanced mind. Salmon is great with dill and lemon, on the grill of course! Other foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are sardines, flax seed, chai seed and walnuts.

  1. Eggs

Egg yolks contain a great amount of choline, which is used by your body to create a neurotransmitter that can help your short term memory. Eating eggs for breakfast is a good way to gain stamina for the day as well as boost brain performance for an upcoming test or recital.

  1. Nuts and Seeds

As mentioned before, flax seed, chia seed, walnuts, almonds and other nuts have high amounts of omega acids, as well as being a great source of protein. There are a number of ways to prepare flax seed that you might not know about! Sure, it’s great to know that flax is good for you, but what do you do with it? One great idea is to grind up flax seed using a spice or coffee grinder. Add some wanter to make it mushy, and then flatten it out on a cookie sheet and bake it for a while to create your own flax flat bread! Here’s the recipe:

Have fun making your brain healthy! Let us know what kinds of things you did!