Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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omega 3 for adhdI’ve always been one who understood the importance of vitamins and other supplements, but never actually took any on a regular basis. I tended to cast a skeptical eye at any natural approaches to managing ADHD, primarily because of all of the hype and theory and unsubstantiated claims that surround them. I also have been turned off by the vitamin guru’s that have told me “If you’d just give your child Vitamin X in our special blend, your child will be totally healed.” Still, I tried to keep an open mind.

At the beginning of last summer, I began studying about Omega 3 fatty acids. The information I have read about Omega 3 is backed up by more scientific study than anything else I have come across. In a nutshell, here’s what I have found:

~Omega 3’s are types of fatty acids that are essential to many critically important bodily functions.
~Studies have shown that deficiencies in Omega 3’s are related to ADHD.
~The body cannot make Omega 3’s; they must come from the diet or from supplements.
~The modern diet is extremely deficient in foods that contain Omega 3’s.
~The modern diet is bloated with another type of fat, Omega 6’s, that counteract the Omega 3’s. The chief culprits are hydrogenated and unsaturated fats, which are in almost everything in your refrigerator and pantry.
~The most important two Omega 3’s are EPA and DHA, and the body needs twice as much DHA as EPA.
~It is recommended that the diet be supplemented with 1000 mg of Omega 3’s per day.

I decided that our family would begin Omega 3 supplements, but I had a hard time trying to find a product that had twice as much DHA as EPA. When I did find a brand that met the requirements, the cost was out of our price range – more than $25 for a thirty day supply. That would be over $100 per month for my boys. I began looking for a cheaper brand, and am excited to report that I have found one! It costs about ¼ of the brand we have been using. The capsules are concentrated so it is only necessary to take two per day, instead of the six we have been taking. It’s called MRM Neuro-DHA, and the very best price I’ve found is at Amazon.com.

We haven’t been taking the Omega 3’s long enough to see the benefits; by all accounts it takes a couple of months to notice improvements. But I’m giving this a shot. There has been too much research on the subject for me to ignore. I can’t recommend Omega 3’s for your family, but I do recommend that you read about it.

By the way, the definitive book on Omega 3 is called THE LCP SOLUTION: The Remarkable Nutritional Treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia. It’s heavy, reading, but is fascinating and enlightening. One of the products it recommends is MRM Neuro-DHA.

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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