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Omega-3s for Children

Essential fatty acids are important for maintaining and sustaining the health and well-being of young developing bodies. Below are some illustrations of how childhood conditions that have been studied involve omega-3s:

  • ADHD. Kids with ADHD may have lower levels of omega-3s in their bodies than normal, and a few small studies have looked at fish oil supplements as a treatment. They found that these Omega-3 rich supplements might improve behavior, reduce hyperactivity, and boost attention in children under 12.
  • Depression. Fish oil is often used as a treatment for depression in adults; it has also been used in a few studies for children too. One small 2006 study of fish oil in depressed 6- to 12-year-olds found it helped their symptoms significantly.
  • Diabetes. One small study looked at kids who were at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The researchers found that those who ate a high omega-3 diet were less likely to develop the condition.
  • Asthma. Omega-3s may reduce inflammation in the airways, which could benefit those with asthma. One small study of 29 children with asthma found that those taking fish oil for 10 months had fewer symptoms than those who didn’t. However, other studies of omega-3s as an asthma treatment have not found consistent evidence that they help.

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