There are a few really interesting studies examining the role omega 3 fatty acids may play in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. In this article, we take a look at the clinical studies to see if they shed any light on these nutrients.
What are omega 3 fatty acids?
Omega 3 fatty acids are fats that are commonly found in fish oils and certain plant oils (like flaxseed oil), and are considered essential fatty acids. By “essential” we mean that our bodies cannot produce omega 3 fatty acids, yet we need them in our diet.
There are literally hundreds of different omega 3 fatty acids, but the two most important ones are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The health benefits of EPA and DHA were first noticed in the 1970s, when it was observed that the Greenland Inuit people consumed large amounts of omega 3…
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