In preparing the menu for hyperactive children, it’s very important to eliminate or restrict foods that are suspected to trigger hyperactivity. We shouldn’t add food additives (such as MSG, synthetic dyes, synthetic sweeteners, and benzoate). Limit the member of food or beverages that may contain additional materials synthesis, such as: syrup, instant noodles, biscuits, steamed cake, and ice cream. We should choose food that can help reduce or overcome hyperactivity.

Some nutrients play an important role in controlling the behavior of hyperactive, for example: vitamin C and some group of vitamins B complex (pantothenic acid, niacin, biotin, pyridoxine or vitamin B6). Intake of minerals that are known can help control hyperactivity is magnesium and iron.
Here is a list of foods that should be often given to hyperactive children, among others:
a. Red Sweet Potato
These foods rich in beta-carotene, one of the antioxidant nutrients that act to increase immunity. Together with other antioxidant substances, beta-carotene maintaining a healthy brain nerve cells. In addition to red sweet potato, a food that contains beta-carotene include: carrots, pumpkins, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, a variety of green leafy vegetables especially dark green, such as: spinach, kale, cassava leaves, and papaya.
b. Papaya
As we know, vitamin C is identical with fruits that have a sour taste, whereas papaya that did not have a sour taste turned out to contain lots of vitamin C (other than beta-carotene-rich).
Allergy is suspected to be one source hyperactivity, due to expenditure of certain substances in the body, such as histamine, which can disrupt the nervous system in the brain. Vitamin C is essential to boost the immune system, to reduce excessive body's reaction to the presence of energy sources. Besides papaya, other options are: guava, starfruit, mangos, oranges, strawberries, kiwi, rambutan, kedondong ripe, pineapple, sapodilla, soursop, and a number of vegetables eaten raw (as a salad or vegetable), for example: cabbage (especially cabbage red) and paprika.
c. Avocado
Fruit with savory taste is a lot containing magnesium. In many studies stated that magnesium deficiency allows the body to release histamine by substance due to give an allergic reaction excessive. Eating foods that contain lots of magnesium help to relieve hyperactivity due to an allergic reaction. In addition to avocados, raw foods that contain lots of magnesium include: nuts (nuts) for example: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds pumpkin seeds, grains (seeds) such as: sesame; diverse green leafy vegetables especially dark green vegetables for example: spinach, mustard greens or caisim, katuk, and bean leaves.
d. Spinach
Including one of the many green vegetables contain quercetin (quercetin). This substance is able to prevent the body release histamine, as excessive body reaction against the entry of the source of allergy-triggering substances into the body. Thus, hyperactive behavior can be reduced. In addition to spinach, other foods rich in quercetin include: garlic, onions, strawberries, citrus, especially grapefruit group (eg: grapefruit, orange nambangan, and grapefruit), green vegetables (such as cabbage and lettuce).
e. Salmon
This fish is rich in vitamin B5, which is more popularly known as pantothenic acid. In hyperactive children, pantothenic acid, including a lot of nutrients drained. Pantothenic acid deficiency exacerbates participate at hyperactive behavior. In addition to salmon, a food that contains vitamin B5 include: avocado, mushrooms, yogurt, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
f. Chicken
The meat is very rich in niacin, which is one member of the vitamin B complex group. Niacin vitamin B along with several other components together to minimize the chemical reaction of the body that can trigger hyperactivity. The function of niacin for example: helps control blood sugar levels remain stable and maintain normal nerve function working.
To get a soft chicken meat, choose young chickens which is approximately 500-600 grams. In addition to chicken, food rich in niacin include: brown rice, tuna, and pomegranate.
g. Green beans
As with other types of legumes, green kabang very abundant iron. Adequate iron intake can help control the nervous system works for normal control. Besides green beans, beef is also rich in iron, yet too many balanced eating beef without sufficient fiber intake can actually worsen hyperactivity. Hemme type iron contained in meat is very easily absorbed by the body so the body likely just hoard iron. In addition, when cut cows experiencing high stress and the body released a lot of stress hormones, namely adrenaline. Thus, when eating beef is also consumed the hormone adrenaline. As a result of a sudden adrenaline levels in the body increases. This can aggravate hyperactive behavior (the child could not calm down the more hyperactive).
Therefore, the source of iron is most recommended for children with hyperactivity is vegetable iron. Although it is not easily absorbed and utilized the body (because of plant foods rich in fiber), vegetable iron absorption will increase if the child hyperaktif also given a diet rich in vitamin C (because of intake of vitamin C helps the absorption of minerals).
Besides green beans, other foods that contain lots of vegetable iron, among others: various dried legumes (beans), such as: red beans, tolo peanuts, and soybean, following their processed products (tempeh, tofu, soy milk), green leafy vegetables especially dark green, such as: katuk leaves, long bean leaves, cassava leaves, papaya leaves, spinach, mustard greens (caisim), and brown rice.
h. Olive oil
Omega-3 fatty acids stored in olive oil. Because of its highly sensitive to heat, olive oil is recommended consumed raw (as a salad oil) or included in the dish after dish removed from the fire, for example: to the soup, chicken porridge, and stir-fry vegetables.
As an arrange component nerve cells of the brain, omega 3 fatty acids role in controlling the function of brain nerve cells. Limitations of omega-3 fatty acid intake was suspected had a role to make a child behave hyperaktif. In addition to olive oil, raw foods contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids include: salmon, tuna, Gindara fish, sardines, avocado, tempeh, soy milk.

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