For the spirit of upcoming October as ADHD Awareness Month, it is good to know a study has found that omega-3 fatty acids has worked in the treatment for ADHD in rats.
Scientists have known that diet plays a major role in affecting children’s behavior. A lack of certain minerals and vitamins are present in children with ADHD, and multi-vitamin supplements have shown positive changes against ADHD.
Having abundant and tasty foods containing omega-3 fatty acids in meals can be a great alternative to the “over-medication” of those suffering from ADHD in recent years.
Omega-3 fatty acids generally need to be consumed because it is an essential fat that can not be produced in the body. Some sources of omega-3 fatty acids are fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and herring), plant-based foods (walnuts, olive-oil, flax and chia seeds), and supplements.
Recently, a team from the University of Oslo have discovered there is a definitive link between reducing ADHD symptoms and consuming omega-3 fatty acids.
They examined rats that they bred to have ADHD symptoms. The rats’ diets were supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids, including the mothers before the test subjects were born. Then they made observations of their behavior and studied their brain chemistry.
It was concluded that omega-3 fatty acids played a significant role in reducing ADHD symptoms in male rats. Brain signals that dictate chemicals being produced were also altered in the rats that showed behavioral improvements. This proves the hereditary link in ADHD because of the change omega-3 fatty acids had on the rats’ brain chemistry.
Though it still has yet to be determined if the treatment will work for humans, this is a hopeful sign that this wonder food can possibly alleviate ADHD symptoms in a more holistic way for human boys in the future.
If you or someone you know may have ADHD, read on to learn more about it.
ADHD Facts and Symptoms
Millions of children and adults suffer from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is a term that has a household recall, but many people do not fully grasp what this learning disability really is. In an effort to educate everyone better about ADHD, October has been announced as ADHD Awareness Month.
ADHD can affect any race, age, gender, religious background, socio-economic background, and IQ. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2011 that 9.5 percent of children in the United States have ADHD. Boys have the condition two to three times more often than girls.
Usually ADHD is coupled with anxiety disorder in 25-40 percent of adults and 30 percent in children. Depression is also diagnosed and treated in 70 percent of those who suffer from ADHD.
Research has shown that ADHD is hereditary and based in the brain. Many symptoms of ADHD are linked to certain brain areas. ADHD is not caused by poor parenting, immorality, family issues, insufficient teachers and school, too much TV, food allergies, and/or excessive sugar.
Sadly for those suffering from ADHD and don’t know they have it or have not treated it, ADHD might cause serious learning disabilities and may prevent someone from graduating in school.
The symptoms associated with inattention in ADHD are: having a hard time following instructions, not listening, being easily distracted and bored after a few minutes, missing details, forgetting or losing things, constant daydreaming, and becoming easily confused.
The symptoms associated with hyperactivity in ADHD are: fidgeting in seats, non-stop talking, playing or touching anything in sight, being in constant motion, acting inappropriately and being unable to do quiet activities or tasks.
Symptoms must be present for six months in order for them to be valid signs of ADHD. If you have or someone you know has a majority of the above symptoms, please visit a physician for a more accurate diagnosis and possible treatment.
Perhaps someday soon, omega-3 fatty acids will be a nutritious and proven remedy for ADHD. In the mean time, it is still a delicious and healthy part of any diet regardless of what exact diseases or disabilities it helps to treat.
By: Chelo Aestrid