Start living your best life!

Get Dr La Puma's Healthy Bites & Weekly Wows in your inbox to help you feel your best inside and out. Insights, healthy recipes and recommended household, culinary, literary, botanical and natural products to make your life easier, healthier and more fun.

Get Your 2 Free Downloadable Mini-Books When You Sign Up!

Green Rx & Real Age Excerpt


Free Healthy Recipes

Chef MD



Healthy Bytes

Generic filters
Exact matches only
Filter by Custom Post Type

ADHD or Depressed Kids? Omega-3 Treatment

By DrLaPuma 15 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Drug Food Safety  /  ADHD or Depressed Kids? Omega-3 Treatment
Dr John La Puma

20 of 28 depressed kids, ages between 6 and 12, took omega-3 fatty acids or placebo for one month.

7 of the 10 kids in the omega-3 group but none of the placebo kids had better scores in the 3 scales that are used to test for childhood depression, and 4 of the 7 went into remission.

DHA and EPA are the principal omega-3 fatty acids in fish: although no one knows the proper proportion of the two for supplementation, both are involved in cell membrane shape and elasticity, blood flow, and transmitting electrical signals.

Omega-3 has also been shown, in pilot studies to improve kids’ ADHD symptoms, even after 15 weeks of supplementation. In one omega-sponsored and publicized Australian RCT, 3 grams of fish and evening primrose oil (mixed omege-3 and omega-6) appeared more effect than prescription Ritalin, in 132 kids, ages 7-12.

There have now been 5 RCTs looking at fish oil supplementation for kids ages 4-18 with symptoms of learning and behaviour disorders. The research is thin for academics and policymakers, but for the parents of kids who are affected by depression and ADHD, the studies offer some hope…as do salmon, mackerel, sardines, flax and walnut!

  Drug Food Safety, Vitamins and Supplements, Wellness and Mental Health

Get Dr La Puma’s Healthy Bites free newsletter designed to help make your life easier, healthier and more fun.

Simply add your email below and we'll send you a confirmation.