In my previous article, Diet and ADD: Do You Know The Connection?, I wrote the about how eating the right amount of complex carbohydrates can play a supporting role in managing ADD symptoms.
Just in case you have not read it, yet, I want to reiterate my suggestion regarding the need for due diligence on your part. That is, you may need to experiment to find the right diet, as there is no prescribed “ADD diet.” Furthermore, you may want to see a nutritionist in helping to create a plan that works for you.
When thinking about protein in terms of how it can help manage your ADD symptoms, there are few important factors to consider.
Alert and Focused
There is enough credible evidence to suggest that eating the recommended amount of protein can help you be more alert and focused. This is supported by studies, such as those by neuroscientist, Richard Wurtman, Ph.D. of MIT, which have shown that ingesting protein “triggers the synthesis of alertness-inducing neurotransmitters,” dopamine and norepinephrine – two of the neurotransmitters that have been found to be deficient in those with ADD.
If you need to operate at your best during the day, the evidence, both research and anecdotal, suggest it is important to eat a high protein and low carb breakfast and lunch. Doing so can help to increase your ability to focus during the most “critical” part of the day. You can refer back to the article, Diet and ADD: Do You Know The Connection?, to read how eating too many carbs may contribute to feeling more relaxed and, even, sluggish. Consequently, eating a carbohydrate rich dinner may help you relax in the evening.
Healthy Sources of The Right Amount of Protein
Before you start loading up on protein, note that you can have too much protein, just as you can have too little. Too much protein can promote osteoporosis . And too little protein can lead to lower immunity and a weaker heart and respiratory system. This table, Recommended Intakes, put out by the USDA shows the recommended amount of nutrients, including protein.
Last, opting for sources of protein that are lower in fat and cholesterol will contribute to an overall healthy diet. Balance is key.
Next I’ll look at the possible role of fats in managing ADD symptoms. Because, yes, fat is important, too.