Omega Fatty Acid Blend Shows Promise in Tackling ADHD

Omega 3-Omega 6 and ADHDA new review article outlines the beneficial role a combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids may play, in addition to other therapies, for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

16 Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were reviewed for general assessment.  13 of the studies showed a benefit in participants supplementing with Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids.  The levels of benefit appeared to be dependent on the dose as well as the ratio of the fatty acids, the quality of the RCT itself and ADHD subtype being studied.  One study which looked at children in the 6-12 year old age category, participants were able to reduce their dosages of the pharmaceutical drug methylphenidate (MPH) used to reduce and manage their symptoms of ADHD when receiving an Omega 3/6 Fatty Acid in a 9:3:1 ratio after one year (EPA:558 mg, DHA:174 MG, and GLA:60mg).

Further research is planned, but researchers believe given the fact the Omega 3/6 supplements have almost non-existent side effects in comparison to the drugs chosen to treat ADHD, it makes sense to increase the intake of these essential fatty acids before beginning a pharmaceutical treatment.

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Study Sheds “New Light” on Role of Omega-3 in Type 1 Diabetes Protection

Omega-3 DiabetesA new research paper suggests that Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids may reduce children’s risk of Type 1 Diabetes.  This research looked at whether childhood serum Fatty Acid levels were linked to the development of autoimmunity in children genetically predisposed to developing Type 1 Diabetes.

Over 7,700 children who had an increased genetic risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes participated in this research which occurred between 1997 and 2004.  The children’s blood samples were taken at regular intervals until they reached 15 years of age.  The children were monitored for islet autoimmunity.  Type 1 Diabetes results from the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in the islets of the pancreas by the body’s immune system. Before Type 1 Diabetes presents with symptoms, underlying autoimmunity to the insulin-producing cells can be detected by measuring antibodies in the blood stream. These antibodies are known as islet autoantibodies and the condition is known as islet autoimmunity.

This study found the Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids could play a role in Type 1 Diabetes development and that these Omega 3 might be protective against this disease, especially during infancy.  Higher serum blood levels of fatty acids consumed during breastfeeding were associated with a lower risk of islet autoimmunity and Type 1 Diabetes.

Further studies are needed.

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Omega 3 Oil May Stop the Onset of Lupus

Omega-3's may help prevent lupusA new mouse study has found consuming Omega-3 Fatty Acids may stop a lupus episode and possibly the trigger of other autoimmune conditions.  The research specifically looked at lung and kidney lesions caused by lupus, an autoimmune condition.  96% of these lung lesions were halted with supplementation of DHA.

Female mice who were already genetically predisposed to lupus took part in this preclinical study.  The mice were fed diets that contained 0%, .4%, 1.2% or 2.4% DHA.  After 2 weeks of this protocol the mice were then exposed weekly to 1 mg of crystalline silica (cSIO2), also known as quartz which is a know trigger of the autoimmune response in the lungs and kidneys. This lasted for 4 weeks.   The mice were given their diet containing the DHA for an additional 12 weeks.

The mice were assessed for markers of autoimmunity and inflammation in the kidneys, lungs and blood.  Certain antibodies (CD45R+) found in the lung were reduced in accordance with the amount of DHA consumed.  A 96% reduction was seen in the group receiving the highest amount of DHA (2.4%).  Immune cell (CD3+) numbers in the lung were also reduced with an 83% reduction seen in the mice receiving the 2.4% DHA in their diet.

Researchers believe the DHA may be changing the method in which macrophages, healthy cells, responded to the silica in the lungs and might actually be changing the response of the immune system.

Further studies are warranted.

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