Omega-3s improve ADHD in kids
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors said measuring omega-3 concentrations in red blood cells is a better long-term indicator of omega-3 levels. In this study, 90 children with ADHD took omega-3s or a placebo in three, four-month phases. One phase was 1,109 mg EPA plus 108 mg DHA; a second phase was 264 mg EPA plus 1,032 mg DHA; and a third phase was 1,467 mg of the omega-6 linoleic acid (safflower oil), per day, as placebo. After one year, researchers found as levels of omega-3s in red blood cells increased, spelling, attention, cognitive problems, and hyperactivity symptoms all improved. Doctors also saw as levels of omega-6 decreased relative to omega-3s, ADHD symptoms eased.
This is the first study to directly compare the behavioral effects of increasing levels of EPA and DHA in red blood cells, doctors said, and that contrary to earlier studies, both are beneficial. Increasing omega-3s while decreasing omega-6s may also improve behavior, attention, and literacy in children with ADHD.