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Originally published June 20 2006
Fish oils treat ADHD better than prescription drugs, study shows
According to the results of a new study from the University of South
Australia, fish oil is more effective at treating children with attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than stimulant drugs, such as commonly
prescribed Ritalin.
The 15-week study, which included 132 children ages 7 to 12, split the
children into three groups. The first group received a daily dose of omega-3
fish oil; the second group received the fish oil plus a multi-vitamin and
mineral pill; and the third group received a placebo.

By the end of the study, the children in the first and second groups showed
major improvement in the reduction of hyperactivity symptoms and also
displayed increased levels of concentration, compared to the placebo group.

Natalie Sinn, the study's leader, said the results showed that omega-3 fish
oils boosted the concentration and brainpower in kids displaying ADHD
symptoms, but without the side effects of Ritalin, which can include
hallucinations, heart problems and aggressive behavior.