Fish oil and evening primrose oil vs. Ritalin in kids with ADHD

This study involved 94 children, aged six to 12, with ADHD, who were taking Ritalin along with standard behavior therapy for more than six months, and whose parents reported no improvements in behavior or academics.

The children took 296 mg of omega-3 from fish oil plus 181 mg of omega-6 from evening primrose oil per day, or a placebo. After six months, while parents of kids in the placebo group reported no improvement, parents of children in the omega-3 group reported better attention, cooperation, and less impulsiveness. Doctors began to observe the benefits at six months, and said they believed the children would have continued to improve by taking the omega-3/omega-6 supplement for a longer period of time.

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