Six months of supplementation with high dose docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, may help children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a brain disorder marked by a constant pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity. The condition can interfere severely with the patient`s functioning and development. According to the United States. Department of Education’s National Resource Centre, an estimated 129 million children worldwide are suffering from ADHD. The ADHD association in Germany estimates that 4.4% of all adults carry the condition, most of them undiagnosed.
The most common conventional medicine treatment for ADHD involves the use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. However, both of these drugs have been linked to suicidal thoughts and personality changes. Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant and is proven to cause serious side effects including nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and even psychosis.
Adderall is a legal amphetamine that is highly addictive with prolonged use. Its severe side effects include tremors, hallucinations, muscle twitches, high blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeats, personality changes, and extreme mood swings.
To read how omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D, minerals such as zinc, magnesium and iron, and probiotics have been shown to be helpful in controlling ADHD, see this article on our website.