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17 July 2012 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3s and Omega-6s show promise against ADHD: Cochrane review

A combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new review from the prestigious Cochrane review.

It has been reported by Australian scientists that while there is limited data to support a potential improvement in ADHD with combined omega-3 and omega-6 supplementation, the evidence is currently too limited to allow for any recommendations.

"More high quality research is needed in this area in order to identify more conclusively the effectiveness or otherwise of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplementation in children and adolescents with ADHD", wrote researchers led by Donna Gillies from the Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Health Service in Australia.

"Future studies should use active PUFA supplements at dosages shown to significantly increase circulating PUFA and, in particular, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 PUFA, and use supplements for considerably longer perods than the maximum of 16 weeks identified in this review".