Fish Oil May Improve Behavior for Children With Adhd

By: Empowered Doctor

A study published in the Nutrition Journal reveals that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can improve their behavior with daily supplements of purified fish oils. The eight-week study demonstrated that children who received between 8 and 16 grams of the long chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils per day were observed to have significant behavioral improvements.

Parents and psychiatrists observed the children to have a statistically noticeable improvement in inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior and conduct disorders as fish oil supplements were introduced to their diet.

The findings also remained consistent for children taking optimal doses of medication to manage ADHD as well as children who had stopped taking drugs during the study.

One of the co-authors of the study, claims that "This... study... indicates when adequate levels of fish oil are added to the diet, significant behavioral changes can occur." It also suggests that the growing epidemic of ADHD cases may be linked to a strong nutritional deficiency-the lack of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA. Combining fish oil supplementation with existing drugs to provide both physicians and parents new approaches for addressing this problem with children.

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