A Natural Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids For ADHD Symptoms

by | Feb 14, 2014 | ADHD Symptom Control | 0 comments

Since I’m always on the lookout for natural ways to make living with ADHD easier, I pay attention when studies suggest Omega-3 fatty acids decrease ADHD symptoms.

Two of my favorite ADHD doctors, Hallowell and Amen, recommend between 2000 to 4000 mg of Omega-3s a day to help manage ADHD, as well. (Ask your doctor what’s right for you.)

In my experience as an ADHD coach, on average more of my clients who take Omega-3s consistently for a couple of months notice improvements in ADHD symptoms than not.

Supplements are the obvious choice for getting your Omega-3s. I don’t know about you, but even though I take supplements and vitamins every day, I prefer to get my nutrients from food when I can.

The best known food sources for your ADHD dose of omega-3s are:

– Wild caught Salmon

– Sardines

– Walnuts

-Omega rich eggs

– Flax seeds

– Flax oil

– Chia seeds

I eat all of these (except the Omega Eggs – can’t stand the disgusting fishy burps). But they have little challenges.

Wild salmon is too expensive to eat often, the flax seeds require extra steps because they need to be fresh ground to be effective. The flax oil tastes nasty. Walnuts are wonderful but how much do you need to eat to get the recommended amount of Omega-3s?

My favorite, really easy option is chia seeds. And here at ADD Success world headquarters we’re all about easy. Easy = ADHD-friendly!

Chia Seeds – Omega-3s for the ADHD Brain…

Chia seeds are tiny, tasteless seeds that pack a powerful nutritional punch into a very small serving.

Adored by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs a single tablespoon gives you 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acid and a lot of fiber and protein, too.

In fact, Chia is often considered the richest plant-based source of dietary fiber, protein and Omega-3’s.

According to my sources, one tablespoon of chia sees is about all you need to get enough to help your ADHD symptoms.

Chia seeds are really easy to use. You can sprinkle them in yogurt, eggs, smoothies, salads and baked goods.

A diet rich in Omega-3s just might create a stable platform to help you live more easily with ADHD. They may even allow you to reduce the amount of ADHD medication you take.

Omega-3s aren’t enough. You’ll still need other ADHD management strategies, such as exercise, planning and routines. A well-trained, experienced ADHD coach can help.

If you’d like to talk with me about coaching just follow this link to schedule an ADD Success Strategy session with me.



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