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Omega 3 fish oil Supplementation specifically EPA Linked to Improved Behaviors in ADHD Subgroups

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a heterogeneous, clinically recognized condition characterized by impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity. Children with ADHD often have symptoms overlapping other disorders, such as coordination problems, dyslexia, social difficulties and cognitive deficits. ADHD occurs most commonly in children, but in a majority of cases some symptoms persist into adolescence and adulthood.

Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFAs) and other PUFAs have been associated with the condition because of their importance in brain structure and function, processing of emotional responses, low concentrations in ADHD and limited success in treating individuals with the condition. However, not all studies have reported low PUFA status in ADHD or treatment effectiveness with n-3 LC-PUFAs. Several intervention studies have used a combination of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids. Studies using a relatively high proportion of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) have reported improvement in some symptoms, depending on the type of ADHD the children exhibited. Pure DHA was without effect in one study. ADHD behaviors may be predominantly combined hyperactive/impulsive, oppositional/defiant or inattentive and it is not known which type(s) of ADHD might be most responsive to treatment with EPA, n-3 LC-PUFAs or combined n-3 and n-6 fatty acids.

A recent double-blind, controlled study from Sweden explored whether children with clinically diagnosed combined type ADHD or subgroups of these children would respond to EPA supplementation. The investigators recruited children aged 7 to 12 years from 8 psychiatric and pediatric clinics in the country. Participants were free of other medical conditions, mental retardation, autism and epileptic seizures during the preceding 2 years. Various other clinical conditions, such as endocrine disorders, impaired hearing or vision and psychotic symptoms were also reasons for exclusion. Of the 109 eligible children, 17 dropped out, leaving 92 for intention-to-treat analysis. Additionally, 10 more had deficient follow-up data, leaving 82 participants with complete data.

After 15 weeks In the teachers’ subscale for inattention or cognitive difficulties, children who consumed the EPA supplement exhibited significant improvement. When the investigators analyzed the results for the children who were classified at baseline as having oppositional behaviors, the effect of EPA treatment on the combined scores of parents’ and teachers’ ratings was statistically significant (P = 0.03). This result was largely attributable to scores on the teachers’ ratings. Among these children, 52% of those who consumed the EPA supplement exhibited a 25% improvement or more, according to the teachers’ ratings for oppositional behavior and inattention or cognitive problems. Those who responded to the EPA supplement also had lower serum phospholipid EPA and higher arachidonic acid concentrations at baseline compared with non-responders (Table).

Qb-test scores for hyperactivity in children who were below the median at baseline improved by 25% or more in 36% of children who consumed the EPA supplement compared with 18% in the placebo group. However, these improvements did not reach statistical significance. In 22 children who were both hyperactive and oppositional-defiant, 13 consumed EPA and 9 received the placebo. Eight of the EPA children showed a 25% or greater improvement in hyperactive and oppositional behavior, while only one in the placebo group improved. These responses were significant, P = 0.03.

In this study, subgroups of children with ADHD who had either oppositional or hyperactive-impulsive behaviors responded to the consumption of EPA with significant reductions in their symptoms as assessed by their teachers. These findings support those of Richardson and colleagues and Johnson’s research group research group who used a combination of fatty acids in particular subgroups of children with ADHD. Those with inattention or oppositional behavior are more likely to respond to EPA or n-3 LC-PUFAs, while those with hyperactivity may be less responsive. The study also observed that teachers’ ratings are more likely to detect behavioral changes than those from parents. Many problem behaviors occur in the classroom, so this observation was not surprising. In this study, children with oppositional behaviors who responded to EPA had significantly lower levels of EPA in their serum phospholipids compared with non-responders, although the number of children was very small. The authors also noted that the dose of EPA, 500 mg/day, was relatively small, but sufficient to be useful in subgroups of the participants.

Omega 3 EPA  fish oil supplementation improves teacher-rated behaviour and oppositional symptoms in children with ADHD

Omega 3 is the best natural alternatives to anti depressants and natural adhd remedy

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Professor Tom Saldeen of Harvard Medical School recommends a diet high in omega-3 to fight depression. Saldeen’s 45 years of research has found that low concentrations of serotonin in the brain almost always correlate to low blood levels of omega-3. Recent studies have found that 1000mg EPA is as effective as Prozac in the treatment of medium to severe depression . The highest concentration of EPA per capsule is found in TakeOmega3 – this product is used and recommended in hospitals and private clinics .TakeOmega3 is recommended by NHS facilities such as Forth Valley Healthboard and leading clinics such as Priory Roehampton. It is used for a number of mental health conditions as well as behavioural / developmental  conditions such as autism , ADHD . With regards ADHD  EPA improves concentration levels , better academic performance as well as positive changes with regards behavioural problems .Parents have commented to us on the drastic changes in their childrens behaviour – from simple things such as the child being able to focus on doing a jigsaw puzzle , or sit quietly to listed to a story being read to a reduction in temper tantrums , agressive outbursts and emotional upset . The capsule can be pricked and added to a childs yoghurt or milk if they are unable to swallow capsules , it can also be added to salad dressings . Please contact us directly if you want specific information with regards treatment of ADHD .Parents very often would rather use herbal adhd treatment , alternative adhd remedy is often preferred to ritalin .

This evidence is backed by Dr Andrew Stoll, best-selling author of The Omega-3 Connection. Stoll was responsible for the publication of the first, scientifically rigorous clinical trial on omega-3 fats in psychiatry. Stoll’s patients with bipolar disorder experienced an improvement in mood stabilisation over a four-month trial period, while the placebo group experienced no change.

Mood and activity in the brain is dependent upon a series of chemical signals that cross each membrane with the help of neurotransmitters. This intricate process is referred to as transduction — sort of like a messaging service or a call centre. Now that we know omega-3 fats are a core component in every cell membrane, they are deemed crucial for signal transduction

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