Do Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Fish Oil Help Children With ADHD?

by Marcus Ryan - Date: 2007-01-08 - Word Count: 310 Share This!

It seems that childhood and adult ADHD is an increasingly diagnosed condition in Western culture.

And in many cases drug therapy seems to work, but in others the side effects are limiting its success. So natural therapies are often sought as an alternative treatment.

And omega 3 fatty acids have come into the picture recently.

But how does omega 3 oils or fish oils relate to ADHD and its symptoms?

There has been a few medical studies on the effect of fish oil on ADD and ADHD.

One study in the UK, a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study, looked at children aged between 8-12 years with both ADHD and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Treatment was either omega 3 or placebo for a period of 12 weeks.

Both "cognitive problems and general behavior problems" were significantly lower for the treatment group compared to the placebo group.

The study concluded that omega 3 benefited children with both learning difficulties and ADHD.

Maybe for ADHD, it will offer hope for those who are either not able to or cannot tolerate conventional drugs such as Ritalin or dexamphetamine.

No doubt, more medical research on omega 3s will come out very soon.

Also, on a side note, omega 3 has helped many other conditions including depression.

This has been the case in people with diagnosed depression and on antidepressants, as well as in population studies showing a lower incidence of depression related to highest consumption of fish oils.

So let's look out for more studies in this area of omega 3 and the brain, including ADHD.

More research usually results in more data and certainty of the effect of fish oils on the brain and its conditions such as ADHD.

So keep an eye out on further developments in this area of the brain, ADHD and the omega 3 fatty acids.

Our society is becoming more holistic, and this includes the medical profession as well as regular moms and dads.

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Want to learn more about omega 3 fatty acids? Marcus Ryan helps you to discover the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids and fish oil, including a clear understand of the results of medical studies and research on whether omega 3 fatty acids helps ADHD

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