Role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in ADHD?

Role of omega-3 and 0mega-6 polyunsatured fatty acids in attention-deficit disorder?

A new journal article, published in the European Journal of Pediatrics discusses the role of omeg-3 and omega-6 polyunsatured fatty acids (PUFAs) in  ADHD.  Both types of PUFAs play a role in the normal development and functioning of the central nervous system.

The study authors cite observational studies which suggest that there’s a link between  imbalances of omega-3 and omega-6 PUFAs in childhood developmental disorders.  Specifically, they cite a connection between attention-deficity hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorders with a relative lack of omega-3 fatty acids.

However, they did note that there have been conflicting results with supplementation with long-chain PUFAs in children with ADHD.


Schuchardt JP, Huss M, Stauss-Grabo M, Hahn A.  Significance of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for the development and behaviour of children.  Eur J Pediatr. 2010 Feb;169(2):149-64. Epub 2009 Aug 12.


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