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

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Massachusetts conducted a clinical study with a group of young children that were diagnosed with ADHD and gave them daily doses of 10.8 grams of omega-3 and 5.4 grams of omega-6 over a test period of 15 weeks. All the children showed lowered episodes of hyperactivity, lower impulsive tendencies, increased levels of attention, less disorderly conduct and lower levels of defiance.

Another study, conducted at the University of South Australia, found those supplementing children’s diets with both omega-3 and omega-6, lowered episodes of hyperactivity and boosted attention span in all the children who received the supplements.

Scientists believe that both the fatty acids are helpful but in different ways. Omega-3 increases blood flow, and regulates hormones, while the omega-6 helps the brain to transmit electrical signals properly.

In a study done in Sweden, it was found that these fatty acids improved children’s behavior dramatically and were actually more effective than stimulant medications that are frequently prescribed for those with ADHD. This study was done at the Sahlgrenska Academy, where 75 children, who had been diagnosed with ADHD, were split into two groups. This was a double blind study where even the researchers did not know which group was receiving placebos and which were receiving the fatty acid supplements. Within 3 months, those who took the fatty acid supplements had clinical improvement in both their attention span and their behavior.

 

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These studies, and more, clearly show that it’s not prescriptions that our children are lacking. No one is born with a deficiency of stimulating drugs in their brains. Our children are lacking in basic nutrition, specifically, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. You can find these in natural foods such as flax seeds, fish, chia seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds, just to name a few (Read more about sources of omega-3 fats). Children don’t need scolding or medication for their ADHD; they need real fuel for their developing brains.

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