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Nutrition feeds the brain as well as the body. You already know what you eat matters. When you have proper balanced nutrition, you operate at your best. The right fuel provides you with energy, focus and so much more.
Among those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) the brain has even more unique physiological needs. Omega-3s have been touted as an important piece in the puzzle of managing ADHD. But why is it so important, particularly to those with ADHD or other neurological challenges?
First things first: fat is not bad. It’s a very necessary component of the body and brain and a requirement in our diets. But getting the right kinds of fat is critical.
Sixty percent of the brain is comprised of fat. So, it’s a no-brainer that we need to consume healthy fats for our brains to function properly. Essential fats are those that our body needs, but cannot produce. So, we must consume them. Essential fatty acids such as DHA and EPA are two of the most important building blocks of fat.
Without these building blocks, the brain suffers.
There are two subgroups of essential fatty acids that the body and brain need to function at optimal levels: Omega-3s and Omega-6s.
The ratio, as well as the sources, of these fats is critical.
Omega-6s are found in oils, such as corn oil, grapeseed oil, soybean and sesame oil. Omega-6s, in proper amounts, can protect the body by:
However, if you consume too much Omega-6s, you increase your risk of heart disease, asthma, arthritis, depression and other adverse conditions. I know what you’re thinking... how can omega-6s increase and decrease the risk of heart disease just by varying the amount?
Too much Omega-6 contributes to inflammation throughout the body, which raises all the aforementioned risk factors. Omega-6s are often found in unhealthy, processed and junk foods. The ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 would be 2:1. The average American diet consumes a ratio of approximately 15:1. So the imbalance of Omega-6s to Omega-3s is actually suspected to increase the risk of ADHD.
The link between Omega-3s and ADHD is so profound that it is the most studied nutrient in conjunction with the prevention, reduction and treatment of ADHD. So what do these studies reveal?
ADHD is finally being understood as a medical condition, rather than a child deliberately trying to behave poorly or inappropriately. Just as a person with diabetes would treat their condition with artificial insulin and diet strategies, a child with ADHD could significantly benefit from proper nutrition and sufficient amounts of Omega-3s. Supplementation may:
If you have a child with ADHD, regardless of the elected treatment path of medication, behavior therapy or holistic approach, adding an Omega-3 supplement, such as the one found in BIPRI Kids Attention and Focus Bundle, may provide the missing puzzle piece to aid in managing this challenging medical condition.
By helping your child improve focus, maintain body and behavioral control, and manage their emotions, you unlock the possibility of the world seeing the amazing human your child can truly be without the distraction of ADHD! Every child deserves a chance for the healthiest childhood. Our Clinic Director is available for free 15-minute consultations to help you and your child.
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