Omega fatty acids may improve ADHD symptoms in children

Iranian researchers recently published a study in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, showing a connection between ADHD symptoms and omega fatty acids in the diet.

The researchers studied the the results of 50 studies to determine the efficacy of omega fatty acids on children with ADHD. What they concluded was that “omega-3/6 fatty acids and vitamin D supplements have potential efficacy in decreasing the ADHD symptoms among children”.

Omega-3 is naturally found in several foods. Here are the top 10, in order of highest to lowest concentration:

  1. Mackerel
  2. Flaxseed (oil or grounded)
  3. Walnuts
  4. Caviar
  5. Salmon
  6. Chia seeds
  7. Herring
  8. Anchovies
  9. Whitefish
  10. Sardines

This study joins a growing body of research showing a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.