Fish Oil Substitutes for Vegetarian ADHDers

I am a vegetarian with ADHD. I want to try omega-3 supplements to manage my symptoms, but I don't eat fish. Is there a substitute for fish oil that I could try?
The Experts | posted by Sandy Newmark, M.D.

According to current research, EPA and DHA are the two most important omega-3 fatty acids that manage some symptoms of ADHD. For vegetarians, there are two choices for getting these important nutrients. First, you can use an algae-based omega-3 product. Most of them do not contain much EPA, which is at least as important as DHA for helping to control attention deficit symptoms. I recommend NordicNaturals Algae Omega because it has a significant amount of EPA.

The other option is to eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids in the form of linolenic acid. Flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are good examples. Unfortunately, many people have trouble converting linolenic acid to EPA, and especially to DHA. To increase your chances of making DHA, you may need to reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids from grains and vegetable oils at the same time.

 
 
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