Can adding a fish supplement help improve your focus issues? Let’s take a peek at what the evidence has to say. First, some basic info on omega-3 fatty acids though.
Facts about Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the body so, therefore, we need to get them from our food. They include both EPA and DHA.
- Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA play integral roles in children’s neurological and cognitive development, and support the normal function of cells throughout the body.
- Omega-3s improve symptoms of depression and Alzheimers.
- These fatty acids have also been shown to be helpful in preventing brain inflammation after concussions. In my opinion, anyone who plays contact sports should be taking omega-3s.
What does research say about ADHD and Omega-3s?
- Omega-3 supplementation alone will not cure or eliminate all undesirable ADHD symptoms. BUT, when supplementing at the right dosage, it can be a great adjunctive therapy alongside other therapies to further improve ADHD symptoms (especially if you don’t eat much fish and likely have low baseline levels). I absolutely recommend this supplement to be part of your daily stack.
- So for kids I usually recommend 1.5g of fish oil per day, ensuring there is at least 500mg of EPA especially if hyperactivity is a main concern.
- My fellow grown ups, we need omega-3s as well. We as a population tend to be grossly deficient in this essential nutrient. I recommend the majority of people take 1.5-2g per day for any mental health issues.
Where do I buy this?
You can look for omega-3s in your local health food store (buy local if you can), or if you prefer to order online, here are some amazon links for a couple of brands I like:
- NutraSea Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement, GMO Free Liquid Burpless Fish Oil, Lemon, 200 mL
- Designs for Health OmegAvail Liquid TG Fish Oil 1200mg – Triglyceride Omega-3 Fish Oil Brain Support Supplement with DHA/EPA – Natural Lemon Flavor (8oz / 47 Servings)