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Fish Oils for Dyslexia & ADHD

Fish Oils for Dyslexia & ADHD

Saturday, April 26th 2003

A recently published study showed positive results regarding the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on dyslexic and hyperactive children. The results were seen after only 12 weeks of treatment.

41 Children aged 8-12 years with both learning difficulties and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were randomly allocated a fatty acid supplementation (combination of omega-6 & 6 fatty acids and vitamin E), or a placebo for 12 weeks. At both base line and floow up, a range of behavioural and learning problems were assessed using standardized parent rating scales. The groups did not differ at baseline, but after 12 weeks of treatment the mean scores for cognitive and general behaviour problems were significantly lower for the group receiving the fatty acid supplement than for the placebo group.

Because of the abundant quantities of omega-6 fatty acids present in a normal diet, the authours suggest that it is improbable that children do suffer from a deficiency of these types of fat. However because of the general lack of fish in the average diet, it was proposed that it is the combination of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA, which are important in producing the positive effects.

The researcher concluded that supplemental fatty acids appear to reduce ADHD-related symptoms and given the safety and tolerability of this simple treatment, results from this study strongly support the case for further investigations.

-Exert from eNews from F.I.T - BioCeuticals:6th Dec 2002, Vol 65

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Childrens Learning:

Babys DHA
Childrens DHA Strawberry
Coromega - Omega 3 fish oil
Attention Daily Herbal Drops
Enzo Brain Recovery Program
Efalex 220 Softgels
Emu Oil Capsules 750mg
Fish Oil 1500 - Odourless
Hi-Strength Liquid Fish Oil for Kids
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Mega Magnesium Powder
Udos Choice DHA 3.6.9 Blend
V-Omega 3 + Vitamin D

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Blood pressure and hypertension
Cardio Vascular Health
Efamarine for healthy skin, hair and nails
Fish oils, garlic and antioxidants for the prevention & treatment of cardiovascular disease
Hemp seed oil - a source of essential fatty acids in a long-term balance

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.



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