A (Chinese) study puts 21 children diagnosed with ADHD against a control group consisting of 21 peers without this condition. During the research, it was accurately recorded what quantities the children received when it came to essential fatty acids, including the omega-3 fatty acids. Blood was also regularly taken from the two groups to check whether there were any deficiencies with respect to the aforementioned fatty acids.
In addition to this, both groups were exposed to various tests to determine whether there were symptoms. The children who had ADHD showed a significantly greater deficiency of essential fatty acids than the control group. The first group also showed significantly less positive results on tests on unrestrained behaviour and the temporary processing of information. The condition of the first group of related symptoms was associated with a fatty acid deficiency in the blood, but not with the consumption of these fatty acids. In addition, it also emerged that unrestrained behaviour was more pronounced as this deficiency increased.
Children with ADHD have a significantly larger deficiency of essential fatty acids compared to healthy children, despite an equal intake of these fatty acids. Symptoms of the aforementioned condition have been associated with this deficiency of essential fatty acids. It is conceivable that children with this disease consume higher amounts of these fatty acids or that they convert the same fatty acids less adequately37. Ass for Psyc. Science
21. Journal of Nutrition