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ADHD: Inattentive Type

Omega-3 Supplements

Researchers have checked for a link between omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD. Omega-3s are found in foods such as salmon, tuna, and other cold-water fish.

Some studies have shown a possibility that children with ADHD may have low levels of omega-3. But so far researchers have not shown conclusively that giving omega-3 supplements to kids with ADHD improves symptoms.

Other Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments

Some parents have turned to complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments such as:

  • Vision training
  • Herbal and mineral supplements
  • Neurofeedback (training the brain with the help of equipment that measures brain wavelengths)
  • Chelation therapy (removing heavy metals from the blood)

So far there's no evidence from studies that these methods are effective. And some CAM treatments -- such as chelation -- can have serious side effects.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on May 25, 2014

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