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An omega-3 fish oil combined with phosphatidylserine improved impulsiveness in ADHD kids. Manor et al, Eur Psychiatry. Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print], 2011.

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An omega-3 fish oil combined with phosphatidylserine improved impulsiveness in ADHD kids. Manor et al, Eur Psychiatry. Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print], 2011.

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A six-month study involving 200 children with ADHD, measured the effect of a supplement containing omega-3 essential fats along with phosphatidylserine (PS). One of the key functions of omega-3 is as a component of the cell membrane, where it is attached to PS. It may assist the uptake of the omega-3 if it is already attached to PS when taken as a supplement. For the first 15 weeks, 200 children were given either the combination (PS-Omega3) or a placebo in a double-blind fashion (meaning that no-one involved in the trial knew who was getting the active supplement and who was getting the placebo). One-hundred and fifty children continued taking part in the trial for a further 15 weeks which was now open-label (all the children received the active supplement and all involved knew this was the case). At the beginning and at the end of the study period a number of assessments were made of the children’s ADHD symptoms such as restlessness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity using standard, validated questionnaires. These showed improvements in the children on the active supplements compared to those on placebo. Improvements were also noted in the children who were initially taking the placebo when they were switched to the active treatment for the second 15 weeks.

Manor I, Magen A, Keidar D, Rosen S, Tasker H, Cohen T, Richter Y, Zaaroor-Regev D, Manor Y, Weizman A. (2011) The effect of phosphatidylserine containing Omega3 fatty-acids on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children: A double-blind placebo-controlled trial, followed by an open-label extension. Eur Psychiatry. Jul 30. [Epub ahead of print]

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