DHA and Learning disabilities

According to several observational studies, learning disabilities disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD), autism, dyslexia etc. are linked to an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency compared to normal children of the same age. The cause for this difference is unknown but it seems that supplementation with omega-3 can help improve symptoms. Amongst the two main omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), DHA seems to have the most relevant role (ie. 0,5-2 g DHA/day). Regular supplementation with DHA in children, teenagers or adults with learning or concentration problems is an interesting tool which helps improve these conditions.

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