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Omega-3s May Improve Attention In Boys With ADHD And In Those Without

Diagnoses of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise and are often treated with prescription medications. A recent study suggests that taking a daily supplement of DHA and EPA omega-3s may improve attention both in kids with ADHD and in those without.

Participants in the study included 77 boys between the ages of 8 and 14. Half of the boys had diagnoses of ADHD and half did not. The participants were given either 10 grams of margarine containing 650 mg of DHA and EPA or 10 grams of margarine without the supplemental omega-3s daily for sixteen weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that all of the boys who took the omega-3 supplement had improvements in parent-rated attention, as measured by the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). However, they did not note any changes in cognitive control or fMRI measures of brain activity in the boys. Finally, they noted higher DHA blood levels in the boys who took the supplemental margarine.

Researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht conducted the study. It was published online on April 22, 2015, in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including alleviating arthritis pain, better moods, improved joint mobility, helping with 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 DHA and EPA omega-3s. T If you don’t like the taste of fish or are just finding it hard to work it into your meal plans, consider taking a high quality supplement. Make sure your supplement is tested for purity and potency.

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