Omega fatty acids are an ‘effective and safe treatment’ for children with ADHD, a major review of clinical trials has concluded. Omegas, found in oily fish, are important for brain health and learning – and low intakes have been linked with poor social behavior and communication. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulty maintaining attention, impulsive behavior and extreme hyperactivity. Soaring numbers of children around the world are being diagnosed with the condition, with cases rising as much as tenfold in some countries.
Researcher Dr Emma Derbyshire said: ‘It is well-known that children with ADHD have lower fatty acid levels in their blood than those without the condition. ‘This review looked at randomized controlled trials (RCT) – the gold standard of human studies – which compared fatty acid supplementation against a placebo in children diagnosed with ADHD.’ ‘It is well-known that children with ADHD have lower fatty acid levels in their blood compared with children without the condition.