Omega-3 fatty acids are important for a number of functions in the body, including brain function. A new study links increased intake of fatty-acid supplements with improvements to problem behaviors found in children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.
Between three to six percent of school-age children are estimated to have ADHD, a disorder that includes difficulty in controlling impulses or being attentive for more than short periods of time. ADHD is often treated with stimulant medications. Although these are effective for most, they do not work for everyone.
A new study suggests a change of diet may be helpful for some children, including an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients, found in fish and certain vegetable oils, are important for a number of body functions, including muscle activity, blood clotting, digestion and cell growth. DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, in particular, is important for brain development and function.