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Krill Oil: The Proven Natural Treatment Option for ADHD

January 23, 2007 | 22,400 views
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Following positive results in a clinical study on the effects of krill oil on adult ADHD, Neptune Technologies is in the process of designing a large-scale study to test the cognitive effects of krill oil.

Krill oil is derived from the planktonic family of crustaceans and is rich in omega-3 fats, phospholipids and antioxidants.

In the recently completed clinical trial on ADHD, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of krill oil as measured by Barkley's Executive Function score of behavior inhibition, daily functional capacity and social behavior. The study examined 30 adults with a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD.

The study on ADHD found that patients improved their ability to concentrate and their working capacity by an average of 60.2 percent after taking a daily 500mg dose of krill oil for six months. Researchers also reported a 50 percent improvement in planning skills and a 48.8 percent improvement in social skills.

ADHD strikes between 4 percent and 12 percent of children and 1 percent and 6 percent of adults in North America.

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

You may recall reading several months ago about the dramatic and wonderful effect krill oil had on a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This recently completed study of krill oil and adult patients with ADHD appears to be just as promising.

This study also confirms my initial excitement with krill when I first became aware of it a bit more than a year ago. The phosphate bonding to the omega-3 fats allow for really outstanding penetration into the nervous tissue and tends to produce even better results than simple omega-3 fats.

Many of the standard drugs used to treat ADHD are not only potentially hazardous, but they are unnecessary if your child is treated appropriately. I've found many people with ADHD have improved greatly without drugs by taking these simple steps:

The omega-3 fats in krill oil are bonded uniquely to protect them from oxidation so your body can absorb them more easily. This makes it an especially good source.

On Vital Votes, Joshua Rubin, a nutrition coach from Vista, California, notes:

"Tissue growth process depends on the construction of new biological membranes. Once in place, these membranes become a source of supply for fatty acids that regulate cell function. Thus the fatty acid composition of tissues laid down in childhood determines the status of your adult years.

"The growth and development of the CNS is dependent upon the presence of long chain highly unsat fatty acids DPA and DHA. It is important for mothers to ingest quality fats and organic foods while pregnant.

"As well, if a child is labeled with ADHD, eating quality oils and foods, as well as eliminating other foods and lifestyle habits can allow these children to live a functional life."


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