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Omega-3s May Help Kids With ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood behavioral disorder characterized by high energy and difficulty concentrating. A recent study suggests that taking an omega-3 supplement may help improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with ADHD.

Researchers examined data from seven clinical trials that included 534 children and adolescents. They found that taking omega-3 supplements was associated with improvements in inattention and hyperactivity, as reported by parents. They did not find similar improvements in reports from teachers.

Upon closer analysis, the researchers discovered that the improvements were only associated with doses of EPA of 500 mg/day or more. They also found that children and adolescents with ADHD had lower levels of EPA, DHA, and total omega-3’s.

Researchers from King’s College London led the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 25, 2017, in Neuropsychopharmacology.

There are two types of omega-3s: DPA and EPA. Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.

Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.

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