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Really, Is Fish Oil A Natural Treatment For ADHD?

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Omega-3 capsulesVarious studies have linked omega-3 fatty acids with benefits for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This condition that tends to cause a series of behavioral problems and learning deficiencies that can affect the healthy development of children, some of which may continue into adulthood.[1]

Statistics indicate ADHD affects five percent of American children.[2] It is sometimes inaccurately referred to as hyperkinetic syndrome. However, the latter is a more severe condition albeit with a similar set of symptoms.[3]

Being a condition and not disease, there is no known cure for ADHD. Regrettably, some behavioral researchers believe that the rigors of modern life tend to exacerbate this condition, which should be treated symptomatically with a strategy that balances medication with lifestyle and nutritional changes.

One of the most positive findings made by ADHD researchers in recent years is related to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are commonly found in fish oil. Researchers at the University Medical Center, Netherlands involving determined that increasing omega-3 DHA and EPA may help alleviate symptoms of ADHD. (See original story).

Two separate studies at Oxford University researchers determined that reading and spelling performance may be improved through use of omega-3 supplements in school-age children. The studies indicated that overall behavior may be improved as well.

Based on the observations of the above-mentioned study, researchers some experts recommend that children who are at risk of ADHD could benefit from taking fish oil supplements; even a single capsule taken each day can help to alleviate some of the symptoms.

To fully incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into daily nutrition, a person should consume ocean fish and seafood three times per week. When this is not a practical option, which is often the case, omega-3 supplements are a good alternative and can even be used in addition to eating seafood.

However, one should insist on quality when choosing omega-3 supplements, as not all are created equal.


References:

[1] WebMD: ADD & ADHD

[2] ADHD by the Numbers

[3] Wikipedia: Hyperkinetic disorder

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