Can Omega-3 Supplements Help Children With ADHD?

Can Omega-3 Supplements Help Children With ADHD?

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently read an article that said giving children certain supplements, such as omega-3, can help them do better in school. Are omega-3 supplements safe for kids? What are the risks and benefits? ANSWER: The evidence on this topic is mixed. In healthy school-age children, taking an omega-3 supplement seems to have little effect on cognitive ability and school performance. In children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, there appears to be more benefit. In general, few side effects are associated with taking an omega-3 supplement. But, as with all supplements, talk with your child’s...

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