Fish Oil alternative
treatment to Ritalin for ADHD
December 30th, 2005
currently being done at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, is having ADHD
children putting fish oil spread on bread. A total of 90 children aged
8 – 13 diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
were selected for this study.
A total of 30 of these children were
told to eat a chocolate fish oil spread on bread each day. After a 3
month time period, 20 out of 30 of these children showed significant
improvement when a psychological re-evaluation was performed. The rest
of the children did not have any treatment. Although the results are
exciting the researchers caution that this is preliminary findings and
more research will be needed.
Another study that reinforces fish
oil as an alternative treatment to ADHD was an extensive study of
children in Durham, U.K. The study covered school age children that
were behind a year from their peers, many had ADHD. The results showed
dramatic improvements in speech, behavior, and in reading. The fatty
acid supplements were a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 and are
essential for the body to function well.
Sources of the essential fatty acids
omega 3 and omega 6 come from both plant sources, such as flax seed, as
well as fish. One thought as to the reason that ADHD children are more
susceptible than other children is that they have less of an ability to
convert LA and ALA into EPA and DHA type of fats. The plant sources of
omega-3 may not be as easily used in the ADHD children.
Another consideration is to limit
the amount of saturated fats in the diet to help the body use the other
essential fatty acids more efficiently. If you have too much saturated
fat in the diet it can take precedence in the body. These two studies
offer real insight as to how nutrition can treat ADHD.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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