Omega-3 supplements may help with ADHD treatment
Numerous scientific studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are a powerful tool for increasing neuropsychological functioning. According to a new study conducted in the Netherlands, adding an extra dose of omega-3s to boys' daily diets may improve their attention spans. This was the case both for boys who had been diagnosed with ADHD and those without the disorder.
The 40 research subjects in the study, all boys ranging from 8 to 14 years old, were divided into two groups: those with ADHD and those without the disorder. Each group was divided into halves, one of which received doses of two types of omega-3 fatty acids per day in margarine, and the other of which received the margarine with no omega-3s added.
When the researchers asked the subjects' parents to rate their ability to pay attention after 16 weeks of supplementation, they came to a surprising conclusion. Omega-3 supplementation benefited attention spans for both the subjects with and without ADHD, while those who received the placebo experienced no such change. The researchers attributed this effect to omega-3s' relation to the functioning of the brain's cell membranes, which transmit and receive neural signals.
"Our results indicate that typically developing children also benefit, showing the importance of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake during development in general," the authors wrote in the study.
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