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12-07-2007, 10:23 PM
I have finally got my ADHD under control with medications which I am really very happy with, but I have been doing lots and lots of research and they have found that quality proteins as well as EFAs tend to produce more focus in a patient with ADHD over the long haul. Well, naturally doctors recommend fish oil for the EFAs and diary products and meat for the "quality" proteins. Obviously those arent an option for me. My next consideration are raw nuts, but I do want to keep my fat intake from getting out of control too. Cany you help me figure out which plants contain lots of proteins and help me to figure out where to get EFAs from? I am not new to this site, but its been quite a while seen I have been here and I have forgotten some of the stuff I learned. :(
thanks for your help.
12-07-2007, 10:49 PM
Hey, wadda ya know...I answered my own question! :)
12-08-2007, 06:54 AM
Flax seeds will also give you some EFA's .
12-08-2007, 08:35 AM
Nuts are not the best source of protein ~ Greens are.
12-08-2007, 08:56 AM
Someone once showed me a list of which proteins are higher quality than others, there's some rating system they have. Sorry I can't be of more help, since I can't find it now!
Hemp seeds may be a useful addition. They contain both high quality protein and the perfect ratio of omega fatty acids.
12-09-2007, 01:12 PM
If you really need a LOT of extra protein I recommend nutribiotic rice protein powder. It is 80% protein and provides almost all of the essential amino acids.
The protein is extracted from raw whole grain rice using natural enzymes, and the rice never reaches temperatures about 98 degrees F. It is not a very natural product (i.e. it's highly processed and you wouldn't be able to pick rice protein off of a tree) but its the best concentrated raw protein source I can think of.
I bought some at whole foods and used it in smoothies to help me transition to raw because I was transitioning from a high-protein diet and feared I would miss the feeling of fullness after eating a lot of protein. I don't take it anymore, but it might be a good choice for you if you need protein to help your ADHD.
Also, baby spinach is a good source of protein (surprisingly). It is much milder in taste than full grown spinach and has lower oxalate levels so it won't upset your stomach when taken in large quanities. One cup has 2 grams of protein, so if you take six cups in a GS in the morning, and 3 in a salad later on you would get 18 grams of protein. 6 cups may sound like a lot but it gets less when you blend it and it is so mild in flavor that you don't need much fruit to sweeten your smoothie. Good luck with your journey! I don't have ADHD but I've noticed I've been much calmer and happier since going 100% raw.
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