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In the United States, approximately 5.9 million children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with ADHD making it one of the most common psychiatric conditions. ADHD affects a variety of behaviors including the attention span, impulse control, and aggression. Recently, researchers have found that there may be benefit in additional intake of Omega-3 fatty acids for improving attention span.
A research study focused on children between the ages of 8-14 included the supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids over a 16 week period. In this time, it was found that those receiving supplemental Omega-3's had improved attention based on observation by their parents. It is worth noting, however, that other symptoms of aggression and impulse control.
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in fish oil which is available directly in foods and nutritional supplements. The most common sources of omega-3's include trout, salmon, and herring. In the study, the children were provided with 650 milligrams of omega-3's in supplement form. As an added benefit of the research, it was found that these supplements can help to improve attention whether the individual has ADHD or not.