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Low Omega-3s Linked to Children with ADHD and Learning Difficulties
The results support emerging indications that LD children with ADHD may be responsive to omega-3 fatty acids supplementation. ADHD children provided blood samples and underwent cognitive assessments and parents completed questionnaires and Conners' Rating Scales.
Students with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids EPA/DHA reported less anxiety and better word recall compared to children with higher omega-6 levels, who had measurable attention deficits that correlated to lower reading and spelling levels. 36% of the children with learning difficulties had lower DHA levels than those without LD.
Researchers conclude that suboptimal omega-3 levels may contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related developmental problems.
Source: Polyunsaturated fatty acids, cognition and literacy in children with ADHD with and without learning difficulties
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