Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Way To Improve Literacy For Children With ADHD

omega3adhdA study published in Nutrition reported that Omega-3 DHA may be able to improve literacy in children with learning disabilities.

In this study, 90 children some who were ADHD between the ages of 9 to 12 participated in this randomized controlled trial.

The children were randomly assigned to receive four 500 mg capsules of either EPA-rich fish oil per day, a DHA-rich fish oil, or safflower oil per day.

After four months, the researchers observed that an increase of DHA in red blood cells which were associated with improved word reading and lower ratings of poor behavior. In children with learning disabilities, the benefits of DHA were even greater with significant improvements recorded for word reading, improved spelling and an improved ability to divide attention.

In addition, parents observed better behavior, lower hyperactivity and overall ADHD symptoms.

So…if you have a child with ADHD, you can experiment by giving the child DHA-rich fish oil with a total of 264 mg of EPA and 1,032 mg of DHA per day.

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