Recent statistics demonstrate a disturbing increase in ADHD (or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in both adults and children. Focusing on dietary changes may take a little extra effort, but the results are worth it. Essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and 6, have been shown to make a significant difference.
Why Omegas May Help:
Experts tell us that in cases of ADHD, the brain does not function properly because the communication between synapses is interrupted. Essential fatty acids, particularly those with high levels of DHA, encourage the delivery of important messages from one brain cell to another. Supplementation is helpful, but eating meals rich in these good fats can be a tasty way to support brain activity.
Salmon contains high levels of omega 3s, and there are numerous ways of preparing it to please a variety of fussy palates. A simple recipe involves whisking together 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons of grated, fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Pour this mixture over four salmon fillets, and season with salt and pepper. Oven roast the fish at 425 degrees for about 15 to 18 minutes or until cooked through.
This may be served with a salad of assorted dark greens and diced vegetables, sprinkled with a tablespoon of omega-rich chia or hemp seeds. A dressing that would add an extra boost of omega 3s and 6s may be made by combining 1/4 cup of flax seed oil with the juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of low sodium, wheat-free soy sauce, a tablespoon of 100 percent maple syrup, and salt and pepper to taste.
A nutritious amount of flax seed may also be cleverly baked into a kid- and adult-friendly cookie. Starting with 1 cup of any nut butter, such as almond; stir in 3/4 of a cup of honey or brown rice syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2 cups of whole flax seed that is then ground at the time of use. Bake at 275 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes to maintain the health benefits of this super seed. Cool and enjoy!
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