Vitamins & Minerals

6 How-Tos About Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Sandy Newmark, M.D., explains what parents need to know about omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

Close-up of omega-3 fish oil capsules spilling out of container, a good source of essential fatty acids for people with ADHD
Close-up of omega-3 fish oil capsules spilling out of container, a good source of essential fatty acids for people with ADHD

Omega-3s can improve several ADHD behaviors: hyperactivity, impulsivity, and concentration.

The two main omega-3 fatty acids contained in supplements are EPA and DHA. It appears that most benefits are derived from omega-3 products that contain more EPA than DHA.

I recommend a total of 700 to 1,000 mg. a day of omega-3s for younger children, and 1,500 to 2,000 mg. a day for older children.

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The gummies and chewable forms of omega-3s don’t contain high levels of fish oil. Stick with capsules and liquids.

If you are giving your child omega-3 liquid, mix it with orange juice or in a smoothie.

Pick one of the toxin-free omega-3 products listed at ifosprogram.com to be sure it is mercury-free.

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