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Omega 3 supplements for ADHD

Updated August 2018

Published April 2013

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What were we asked?

A survey of parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) indicated that they were interested in the evidence for whether omega 3 fatty acid supplements reduce symptoms in children and young people with ADHD.

Key findings

Current UK guidance does not recommend omega 3 supplements for the treatment of ADHD.

The evidence suggests omega 3 supplements may have a small positive impact on ADHD symptoms in children. However, uncertainty remains about this evidence and further high quality trials are recommended.

Note: This information is produced by PenCRU researchers and reviewed by external experts. The views expressed are those of PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School and do not represent the views of the Cerebra charity, or any other parties mentioned. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice before undertaking any treatments/therapies.