We are often asked about supplements for ADHD. While no nutritional supplement or diet change has been shown to reverse the symptoms of ADHD at the level of stimulant medication, good nutrition in general and Omega 3 supplements in particular are good for attention and focus.
Omega 3 fatty acids are an important nutrient for the brain and they are in short supply in the common American child’s diet because you won’t find them in chicken fingers, pizza, fries or hamburgers! They are found in cold water fish, walnuts, flax seeds and eggs from chickens fed a vegetarian diet. Supplements with fish oil can have bad fishy after taste and also kids may resist another pill.
If considering supplementation, start with 500mg of Omega 3 for children 4 to 6 years old and 1000mg for children over 7. Some sources recommend as high as 2500mg (2.5g) for children and 5000mg (5g) for adults.
The ratio of EPA to DHA should be 1:1 or 3:1, depending on which expert you query.
GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil is 900mg and 647 EPA and 253 DHA. So 1-2 per day would get most patients in the ball park.
The effect of these supplements would be expected to build over time and they are unlikely to help you focus for a big test or project the day you first take one! Sorry!
Let us know if you find a product that works well and is well tolerated by you or your child!