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Mercury and Fish Oil

“I give my son fish oil daily. Should I worry about mercury levels in the oil? Also, what kinds of benefits should I see?”

Most reputable fish oil producers remove mercury and other toxins, so fish oils are actually safer than adding fish to the diet. Consumerlab.com is a good resource for checking mercury levels in fish oil.

I have seen fish oil benefit many children and adults with ADHD. It can improve focus and decrease hyperactivity and impulsivity. For some kids, these benefits become apparent within days, but for others, the benefits take much longer to become evident. Some people with ADHD do not seem to derive any obvious benefits from fish oil, or the benefits are too subtle to measure.

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