Claire Corlett

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Can Fish Oil Help Boys with ADHD?

Can fish oil help boys with ADHD?
According to small European study, boys with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some
vegetable oil. Those who regularly ate an omega-3 loaded margarine experienced an
improvement in their ability to pay attention,
compared with boys who do not. The results suggest that parents might help
children with ADHD by adding foods rich in omega-3s to their diet or by giving
them a fish oil supplement. Boys in the study without ADHD who consumed omega-3
also seem to benefit in terms of attention. Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in
fatty fish like trout, herring, and salmon. They are also found in soybean and
canola oil and in walnuts and flaxseed. So, can fish oil help boys with ADHD pay
attention? Perhaps, but it won’t take the place of medication.

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