Omega-3 supplements may help boys with ADHD

Fox news— Health
By Rachael Rettner Published March 20, 2015

Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit slightly from omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. Slight improvements in attention were seen in both children with and without ADHD, but the effect was greatest in those on stimulants with ADHD. These results were reported by researchers (March 19) in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

“Omega-3s are …thought to facilitate the transmission of neural signals,” said study researcher Dienke Bos, of the University Medical Center Utrecht.”

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, these results confirm what many clinicians have noted: Nutrients can slightly enhance the benefits of stimulants for individuals with ADHD. But they can’t replace the significant benefits of stimulants, as some mistakenly believe.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

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