Can Fish Oil Improve ADHD Symptoms?

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Question: Can Fish Oil Improve ADHD Symptoms?


Fish oil rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids is thought to improve mental focus and concentration, which can be especially helpful for those with ADD / ADHD. Our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids, but we can’t manufacture them so we must get them through our diet. The best source for omega-3 is found in oily fish such as sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, bluefish and black cod.

It is important to be aware that many of these fish may contain low levels of mercury, so keep servings to no more than two to three times per week.

You may also try fish oil supplements, which do not pose the same risk of mercury contamination. Ask your doctor about the best quality capsule and the most appropriate dosage. Always consult with your doctor before adding any supplement to your diet.

Fish oil supplements typically contain two types of fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Look for capsules that contain at least three to four times the amount of EPAs as compared to DHAs.

Click on What are DHA and EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids? to read more.

Research has indicated that individuals with ADHD may have lower levels of essential fatty acids in their bodies, so it is possible that adding fish oil to your diet may produce some benefits in attention and focus, but research is still unclear.

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