Omega-3 and ADD, Autism, and Dyslexia

Delana H Stewart

Several families have asked me about Omega-3 and how it affects children with ADD or ADHD. Recently, my daughter’s doctor recommended that we consider giving our daughter Omega-3 supplements. I began studying Omega 3 and fish oil supplements and learned that they are not all created equal. If you choose to give your child Omega-3 make sure it has a good source of EPA and DHA.  And, make sure that it has been purified of mercury and other toxins.

A study was done on a group of school children taking 500mg of EPA (with a control group taking placebos). Some amazing results occurred in the first 2 weeks and even more after 3 months. Read about it here. In her article Erika Ramlan mentions the effects it has on behavioral disorders such as Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, and dyslexia.

For an article regarding how to get your essential Omega-3’s in the foods you eat (foods like walnuts, beans, and salmon), click here.

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  4. We use ‘Nordic’, which I assume you can buy over yonder. (It can be expensive though, we go for the 15% off days at our local health food store to help combat this issue.)

    The Nordic strawberry small capsules are fish liver oil, so we only use them for the shortest amount of time possible and move the kids on to their larger lemon flavoured ones asap. I haven’t noticed any burping, and our kids would if they thought they had an excuse. 😉

    • Nordic is a good brand at about 71%. The highest purity fish oil on the market is made by Lovaza at 90% and you need a Dr. prescription. The second highest is WinOmega3 at 88% made by the same company. You can get it at with a discount code of “friends” for 25% off – the cost is comparable with Nordic, but the quality is higher.

  5. We give our kids a good quality fish-oil supplement and agree, it does work wonders. It took our eldest son four months to show any signs of positive difference, but now we certainly know when he’s been off it for a few weeks. The only other thing I would add to your post is that oils made from fish liver aren’t as effective/high qualtiy.

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