Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in fish oil is proving to be beneficial to kids with ADHD. According to Dr. Yannick Pauli, a leading physician in Switzerland who specializes in ADHD kids, fish oil helps the brain to function more normally. Many of these children are deficient in the Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. These nutrients are vital for normal brain development. Several studies from Purdue University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of South Australia showed that daily supplementation with Omega 3 fatty acids in these kids helped to reduce their impulsivity and hyperactivity and improved their focus and attention.
Here are a few quick tips to help improve your consumption of Omega- 3 fatty acids:
- Increase your consumption of flaxseed oil or other oils rich in omega-3( canola oil, pumpkin seed oil).
- Increase your consumption of foods rich in omega-3 such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, and deep sea fish.
- Eliminate all trans fats, and reduce your use of omega-6 rich vegetable oils.
Although the FDA has yet to establish a recommended daily allowance for omega-3 fatty acids, most nutritionists and medicine functional experts agree that children with ADHD should consume at least 1,000 mg of DHA and EPA daily.
There is also some new research showing the ratio of EPA and DHA is important.
Finally, supplement the intake of omega-3 fatty acids with natural antioxidants like zinc or vitamin C. Omega-3 fatty acids are very fragile, and break down at the slightest provocation; natural antioxidants keep them intact until they reach the brain.