Sufficient Amounts of One Fatty Acid Might be a Solution to ADHD


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Depending on your age, do you remember what you were like as a school aged child? Overflowing with energy, curiosity, anxious to learn? If this sounds like you, chances are that you are now a grandparent, and that in your childhood, you weren’t exposed to many artificial flavors, dyes, or foods. ADHD is a child’s developing brain screaming for nutrition, nourishment, and foods that will support the current brain and allow it to grow as it learns. What are kids fed in response? Sugar-filled GMO cereals, sodas, candy, cookies, potato chips, and French fries (Find out dangers of junk food). These kinds of foods only exacerbate hyperactivity and inattention. Many parents and doctors have tried to solve this problem with discipline, or drugs, but an even simpler solution might be something as simple as something that is lacking in their diets, something as common as omega-3 fatty acids.

Several recent studies have shown that supplementing a child’s diet with omega-3 fatty acids benefits those with ADHD and learning disorders. One such study, done in Durham, England, wanted to find out how to best help the roughly 30 percent of children who suffer from ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia.

The children were split into two different groups. Group 1 was given omega-3 supplements. Group 2 was given placebos. At the beginning of the trial, all the children were diagnosed with a minimum of 32percent of the characteristics of ADHD. The supplements contained high grade fish oils (omega-3) and virgin evening primrose oil (omega-6) for a period of 6 months.

At the 3 month mark, group 1 was already showing remarkable reduction of ADHD, down to about 18 percent, while the change in group 2, the placebo group, was only down 1 percent.

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