Fish Oil for ADHD
I have known for most of my career that DHA in particular, and fish oil in general, was beneficial for the brain. It makes sense that those with ADHD or ADD, or anyone with less than optimal brain function (that includes all of us), could benefit form taking additional fish oil. When I have had families who are totally opposed to trying stimulant medications, I have found that fish oil is a great place to start. I would add to that avoiding ongoing toxins (don’t get mercury/”silver” dental fillings, eat organic, and drink filtered water), and take extra vitamin D, as well as having a good source of multivitamins/minerals with adequate B vitamins and folate. Consider special diets, extra probiotics, and vitamin C.
I have had a few patients who have had a wonderful experience and obviously benefit form the omega-3 (fish oil) supplements. I tend to favor highly-purified oil that is high in DHA (what the brain needs most).
What I like to have my patients consider, especially if their child is failing in school and starting to experience the low self esteem that can come with school failure is this: The issue is not of intelligence, most children with ADHD are way above average intelligence. They just can’t focus enough to retain information or to make the necessary connections between what they are learning and how it applies to other situations or perhaps to the test questions. Consider medication, while we do all the natural things that will ultimately result in elimination of toxins and normalizing function. ADHD is not Ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall (amphetamine) deficiency. Once we address the toxins that are causing problems, food sensitivities that are creating brain fog, or the nutritional deficiencies that are impairing normal cell function, your child’s normal brain function will return and the need for support with medication will be a thing of the past.
Remember that the half life of certain toxins is measured in years. It may take a decade or longer to get some of these out of the body, and in the meantime, your child may be falling further and further behind due to an inability to stay focused.
The article link below favors fish oil for ADHD. I agree with it’s benefit, but I have also seen many for whom medication is miraculous. I would encourage you to consider it ,as the benefits can be huge and side effects are temporary. You can always stop it if you don’t like the side effects.
For my own children who could not tolerate medications, tutoring and organizational support has made the biggest difference, though I’ll never know to what extent avoiding ongoing toxins and taking supplements (including B-12) played a role. I know for sure that we had a jump in focus and abilities when we had mercury fillings removed. In our case, it seemed that B-12 shots were helpful, but when I studied this in over 100 children, the obvious benefits of the B-12 as shots was only seen in a small percentage of those children.
The beauty of our bodies is that they will heal in time. Our role as parents is to love and support our children, and when toxins are involved, do all we can to speed up the process of getting those toxins out of the body. Remember, perhaps the biggest thing you can do is to make sure you are not continuing to put toxins into their bodies.
Drink filtered water
Don’t get silver fillings at the dentist