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Calming Kids with ADHD: Omega-3 fatty acids help improve behavior.

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There's great nutrition news for approximately 2 million children in the US who have ADHD. Consuming foods and supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids may produce significant improvements in ADHD-related behavior, including inattention and hyperactivity symptoms.

That's the conclusion of researchers led by Barry Sears from the Inflammation Research Foundation, Massachusetts. In a controlled study, nine ADHD children (aged 8 to 16) received eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) concentrates (16.2 grams per day: 10.8g EPA, 5.4g DHA) for eight weeks. At the end of the study, the researchers reported blood levels of EPA and DHA were significantly increased, and behavior was greatly improved, as assessed by a psychiatrist.

Unlike saturated fats found in butter and beef, omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated. Unsaturated fats, unlike saturated fats, are liquid at room temperature and remain liquid when refrigerated or at room temperature. They are incorporated into cell membranes, where they help produce anti-inflammatory chemicals and reduce chronic inflammation.

The three most nutritionally important omega 3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA. A four-ounce serving of salmon has 83% of the daily value of omega 3 fatty acids.

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