Over the years, I have worked with many young people diagnosed with ADHD and there is always one supplement I advise parents to use. This month, I introduced this supplement to my little one and the change has been remarkable.
Diets years ago would contain a large proportion of fish in them, now we do not eat as much, resulting in many of us being low in Omega-3. The body does not produce this fatty acid, so it all has to come from the diet.
Common foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, fish oils, flax seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, and walnuts. None of these is easy to get children to eat.
What does Omega-3 Do?
Omega-3 is made up of three acids: ALA, EPA and DHA.
Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, are vital for your brain and retinas. Additionally, sufficient omega-3 intake can have powerful health benefits for adults. This is especially true of the longer-chain forms, EPA and DHA.
Although evidence is mixed, studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can protect against all sorts of illnesses, including breast cancer, depression, ADHD, and various inflammatory diseases
Using Omega-3 with Children
My little one, having been diagnosed with ASD, has times in the house where she can't sit still. Symptoms that are associated with ADHD rather than ASD. She is too young to be diagnosed with ADHD, time will tell.
There are times, mainly when she is growing when she doesn’t stop. She walks around the house basically looking for naughtiness. Some of her sensory seeking can be dangerous. We have had to alarm her bedroom door to alert us when she leaves her room at night.
We started her a couple of weeks ago on Omega-3. We chose the gummy bears variety as she eats these happily. A major achievement for someone with ARFID. She has two a day and within two weeks the change has been remarkable. She is still cheeky and funny, but the manic behaviour has all but stopped. She is currently chilling on the sofa watching television. Two weeks ago, she would have been looking for trouble and need following all the time.
Always check with your doctor before giving anything to your child a simple phone call is enough.
Find a brand that your young person likes, there are various available from gummy bears, to powders to traditional tablets.
Don't expect a change overnight commit to trying this for at least a month before you will see a difference.
If you are struggling at home, then please consider giving Omega-3 a try, it is a supplement you have nothing to lose except stress.