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.