Great news for parents: a new study concludes that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help relieve symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in kids.
At the end of the 30-week-long trial, almost half of the children taking eye q for the whole study saw "significant" reductions in ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, researchers said.
After the placebo group switched to the combined oil supplement for 15 weeks, they showed significant improvements in parent behaviour ratings and attention span.
The original eye q group continued to show improvements after an additional 15 weeks of taking the combined oil supplement in cognitive problems, inattention, restlessness, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement showed no additional benefits for ADHD symptoms, indicating that fatty acids are more important, it was claimed.
After doing some reading on my own, I started taking fish oil supplements a few months ago. Through passive observation of myself, I haven't noticed any effect on my mental condition. Research shows that fish oil fights heart disease, doesn't prevent cancer, might improve math ability, and appears to be better than flax seed oil.
From reading those blog posts, I may not have noticed an effect of my supplements because I'm not taking enough fish oil. I'm going to increase my consumption to 1 g per day (from about 200 mg) and see what happens.