Essential Fatty Acids for ADD
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Kinickie
Posted on: November 27, 2005

I recently bought an EFA [Essential Fatty Acid] blend for my child. I was told that it was supposed to help him to do better in school -- to help keep him focused on his school work. I bought it 5 days ago and have not seen any results. Would you please tell me if I should keep giving this to him? The lady that I bought it from said that I would see results in three days.

An essential fatty acid supplement will help a child become more focused if the child has a deficiency of essential fatty acids. It is common for both adults and children to be deficient in EFAs. To realize a permanent benefit, supplementation should be continued for 2 to 3 months, and the diet should include good sources of essential fatty acids, such as a wide variety of nuts and seeds and good quality salad oils. (Note: peanuts are usually not advised because of the risk of being a food allergy or food sensitivity). For information on clinical studies related to the use of EFAs with attention deficit disorder, please

See the website http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/71/1/327S.

There are many factors that may contribute to a child’s difficulty focusing on school work. Please see our website at www.richters.com for information on some of the factors involved in attention deficit disorder. Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "attention" for the search.

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