Could omega-3 -6 and -9 help with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
(Essential Fatty Acids) are fat compounds that are called essential because
they each serve critical functions within the body; they are also critical
because the human body cannot create them and must obtain it from food
Omega-3, found in flax seed and cold-water fish oil, controls blood sugar by
regulating the insulin sensitivity mechanism.
Omega-6 (GLA) found in evening primrose and borage seed oil activates brown
fat cells, which are also essential for fat metabolism.
Omega-9 is really not an essential fatty acid. There are two sources of
omega-9, oleic acid found in olive oil and erucic acid found in rapeseed and
mustard seed oils. An ample supplementation of omega-3 and -6 will ensure
your body can manufacture the omega-9.
There is still research to determine the role of EFAs in behavioral and
mental development in children. I would suggest that if you notice some of
the related symptoms of EFA deficiency in an ADHD child, such as eczema, dry
skin, asthma, thirst, frequent urination, or allergies, then perhaps EFAs
could help. As a practical matter, it is always a good idea to provide ample
omega 3 supplements to growing children from ages three to nine.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D. from his website: