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More Proof That Fish Oil Helps ADHD

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Can Fish Oil Help Fight ADHD?

About a year ago, we wrote a post concerning the use of fish oil to help fight ADHD

At that time, we wrote. 

Now there is no guarantee that high-EPA fish oil products will "cure" or even improve ADHD symptoms.

However, fish oil supplements are safe, inexpensive, and they have many other health benefits (such as reduced inflammation, improved eye site, and many others).

So it's our belief that adults and kids with ADHD symptoms may benefit from a 3-6 month course of fish oil.

It may not cure ADHD, but at minimum it may help improve concentration and relieve other ADHD symptoms. 

Last week, researchers from the University of Gothenburg published a report in which they concluded, 

Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD.

Let's take a closer look at this study and their results. 

Study Design: Seventy five children and adolescents were given fish oil or placebo for three months. 

Result: For a portion of the patients who has ADD, the inattentive subtype of ADHD, the researchers noted "...clinically relevant improvement."

Our Comments

This result is interesting for a few reasons. 

First, the study was very small (only 75 patients). When a study is this small, you may not see much of a difference between the treatment group and the placebo. 

So the fact that these researchers saw clinically relevant improvement is quite impressive. 

Moreover, the researchers identified a subset of ADHD kids...the ADD (inattention) subset. 

This also explains why fish oil may not work for all kids. 

In other words, which fish oil might work for the inattentive subtype, it may not work as well (if at all) for the hyperactive-impulsive type, or even the mixed type. 

WebMD has a good explanation of the different subtypes of ADHD. 

Lastly, the study was conducted over a three month period. 

As we have said in the past, fish oil for ADHD is not a quick fix. 

We always recommend taking fish oil for 3 months before deciding if it is the right option for your child. 

So this study supports the three month concept. 

Which Fish Oil for ADHD?

Stick with a high EPA formula for ADHD. In general, the more EPA per dose, the greater the effect on ADHD symptoms. 

You can find more information on our high EPA fish oil here. 

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