Can Omega 3 Supplementation Improve ADHD Symptoms

On today’s episode, Dr. Nick talks about how omega-3 supplementation can help improve symptoms of children with ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder due to a delay in proper brain connections. The brain is made up of 60-70% fat and most of those fatty acids are omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These fatty acids are necessary for proper brain development and connections between brain areas that involve the motor and cognitive systems. Many times they are low in children because they do not eat enough fatty fish or grass-fed meat. Most children also eat a lot of processed foods that lead to inflammation preventing brain growth. Besides omega-3 supplements providing the building blocks for brain development, they can also decrease neuroinflammation due to their anti-inflammatory effects. The article discussed states that omega-3 supplementation can also be a replacement for medication in those with mild ADHD symptoms. Check out the video for more in depth information on how omega-3 fatty acids can increase school success in children with ADHD!

Derbyshire E. Do Omega-3/6 Fatty Acids Have a Therapeutic Role in Children and Young People with ADHD? J Lipids. 2017;2017:6285218.


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