Finding easy to use, affordable sources of Omega-3 Oils to treat ADD / ADHD isn’t as difficult as it sounds. That’s a relief. The thought of buying three meals a week worth of expensive wild Alaskan salmon to get enough Omega-3 fish oils makes my debit card whimper.
Since we’re dealing with ADD / ADHD, simply being affordable isn’t enough. Our sources of Omega-3 oil for improving brain function have to be easy to use, as well. Reducing as many stumbling blocks as possible is a key success strategy for Attention Deficit treatment.
As a brief recap, research shows essential fatty acids are key to treating ADD / ADHD as well as to overall good health. I’ve already written an blog post packed with all the details: The Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Adult ADD / ADHD
Six Easy, Affordable Sources of Omega-3 Oils
- Canned Sockeye Salmon. A source of Omega-3 oils and protein. Choose wild caught Salmon; farm raised salmon simply isn’t as healthful. Even when canned, Sockeye salmon is always wild-caught.
- Canned Sardines. High in Omega-3s and protein and so many other vitamins and minerals, eating sardines might just make you live forever. Canned sardines are pre-cleaned and cooked and ready to eat.
- Walnuts. A good, vegetarian source of protein and omega-3 essential fatty acids. You could use walnut oil but why? Regular old walnuts are about as easy to use as you can get. Especially if you buy them shelled and chopped.
- Ground Flaxseed. Freshly ground flaxseeds are very healthy and contain both omega-3s and soluble fiber. I buy flaxseeds in bulk in the health food section of my grocery store. To get the full benefit from flaxseeds, you need to freshly grind them before each use. No problem! I love this handy little sesame seed grinder. It was probably the best $4.95 I’ve ever spent.
- Omega-3 Enriched Eggs. Available in the health food section of your grocery store, use these just like regular eggs. Apparently, the chickens are fed Omega-3 enriched foods which they pass along into their eggs. Generous of them, don’t you think?
- High Quality Omega-3 Supplements. Omega-3 supplements are available in liquid or capsule forms. Make sure what you take is certified free of mercury and contaminants. I take these NOW Foods Omega-3 capsules. They are molecularly distilled and tested to be free of mercury, contaminants or pesticides.
You might wonder why you need supplements if you’re getting natural sources of Omega-3s.
In his book, Delivered from Distraction, ADHD expert, Dr. Ned Hallowell, recommends 2 grams of Omega-3s a day for ADD / ADHD treatment.
I figure the more Omega-3 essential fatty acids I get from my food the fewer supplements I need to take. I eat all the foods listed above and take a 1,000 mg supplement each day.
I hope you find these easy, affordable sources of Omega-3 oils for ADD / ADHD helpful. Omega-3s aren’t a magic bullet treatment. You’ll still need other ADD management strategies, such as exercise, planning and routines. But, a diet rich in Omega-3s will create a steady platform for optimal ADD / ADHD functioning.