Results from controlled treatment trials are mixed, but the few studies in this area have involved different populations and treatment formulations.
Dietary supplementation with fish oils (providing EPA and DHA) appears to alleviate ADHD-related symptoms in at least some children, and one study of DCD children also found benefits for academic achievement.
Larger trials are now needed to confirm these findings, and to establish the specificity and durability of any treatment effects as well as optimal formulations and dosages.
Omega-3 is not supported by current evidence as a primary treatment for ADHD or related conditions, but further research in this area is clearly warranted.
Given their relative safety and general health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids offer a promising complementary approach to standard treatments.
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