The Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Adult ADD / ADHD
Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids are considered one of the miraculous health discoveries of our time. Doctors recommend them to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer and a wide range of conditions that are caused by inflammation. Yet along with the general health benefits, people with Attention Deficit need Omega-3 fatty acids for optimum brain functioning.
Let’s investigate the connection between Omega-3 fatty acids and reducing ADD / ADHD symptoms. We’ll start with a brief explanation of the most widely accepted theory of what causes ADD / ADHD in the first place.
What Causes ADD / ADHD?
Scientists believe that both Inattentive ADD and Hyperactive ADHD are caused by a genetic deficiency of a neurotransmitter in your brain called Dopamine. Brain chemistry is complicated. All most of us need to know is that Dopamine is a brain chemical strongly connected with the classic ADD / ADHD symptoms.
Dopamine effects your ability to:
- Pay attention,
- Be motivated, and
- Follow-through on a task.
Simply put, without enough Dopamine, Attention Deficit rules the day.
Even more simply put, the name of the game in reducing the symptoms of ADD / ADHD is to increase the amount of dopamine in your brain.
How To Reduce ADD / ADHD Symptoms By Increasing Dopamine
There are many ways to increase dopamine levels.
Taking a stimulant medication, like Adderall or Ritalin, typically prescribed to treat ADD / ADHD are one. Eating protein and exercise are others. So are some not so good ways, such as high risk behaviors, cocaine and smoking. Scientists also believe Omega-3 fatty acids increase dopamine levels in the brain, therefore reducing ADD / ADHD symptoms.
In a nutshell, the more dopamine you have available to your brain the more you can focus, be motivated, pay attention and follow-through. In addition, the more natural ways you can find to increase your dopamine levels the less ADD / ADHD medication you have to take for optimal functioning, if you need medication at all.
Along with getting organized, creating routines and systems, and outsmarting ADD / ADHD symptoms, I help my ADD Coaching clients learn to manage their dopamine levels.
The problem is many folks have a deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids because the typical American diet has become more highly processed over the past decades.
Now you know the link between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Adult ADD / ADHD. In my next post I’ll share easy, affordable sources of Omega-3s to treat ADD / ADHD. It isn’t as difficult as you might think.