A healthy diet is a key component for cognitive development and improving our ability to focus. Nutritionists recommend filling our plates with fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. However, certain foods that contain antioxidants are especially helpful in managing ADHD symptoms.
Research shows that Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) have specific antioxidants that improve cognitive processing, working memory, and brain function. OPCs are found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts with dark or vibrant colors. The chemical that produces these rich colors (phytochemicals) is responsible for antioxidants that protect us from disease. Interestingly, these same compounds have also been shown to change our brain wave patterns. ADDitudeMag.com reviewed a book called “Miracle Cures” by Jean Carper. Jean Carper’s book discusses how OPCs influence brain wave activity and that “EEG assessments (a measurement for brain activity) of patients who were given OPCs — such as extracts of grapeseed, blueberry, and green tea — showed a dramatic decrease in theta waves and an improved ability to pay attention.”