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The Alpha and the Omega—3 and 6, That is.

Oct 29, 2014 02:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
The fatty acids omega 3 and 6 have once again proven to be a boon to human beings—even little ones.

Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind of ADHD, according to findings in a dissertation at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Between three to six percent of all school age children are estimated to have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)—which can entail difficulty controlling impulses and temper, sitting still, waiting, or being attentive for more than short periods at a time. ADHD is often treated with stimulant medications, which are effective for most, but do not work for everyone. Seventy-five children and adolescents with ADHD were given either the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 or a placebo over three months, and then they were all given omega 3/6 over three months. The study was conducted double-blind, which means that neither the researchers nor the participants knew if they have received the omega 3/6.

“For the group as a whole, we did not see any major improvement, but in 35 percent of the children and adolescents who have the inattentive subtype of ADHD called ADD, the symptoms improved so much that we can talk about a clinically relevant improvement,” says Mats Johnson, doctoral student at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.

--Sarah Hagerty