Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a relatively common behavioural disorder estimated to affect up to 12% of children worldwide. ADHD can have a profound effect on a child’s life. British Medical Journal on effects of ADHD
Problems associated with ADHD: aggression, clumsiness, short attention span, hyperactivity, mood swings, non-compliance, sleep disturbances and temper tantrums.
- Omega 3 and omega 6 fats are essential for brain function
- Studies show that supplementing with these fatty acids can improve attention span and school performance (reading and spelling age)
- Up to 558mg of EPA taken daily from supplements is most effective
Typically, children with ADHD are offered psycho stimulants, which have a calming effect e.g. Ritalin. Understandably, parents worry about medicating their children and many are open to using a non-drug intervention. Supplementation with right dosage of omega 3 fats could provide this solution. Further research is needed on whether these are most effective alone, or with the conventional medication.
How much should be given?
These provide the dosages found to be of benefit for children with ADHD. To be taken for at least 3-4 months. These can be bought in Boots, Equazen products can also be found in supermarkets and pharmacies.