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ADD & Fish Oil 
 
Jul. 13, 2010 9:53 am 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2010 7:19 pm
 

My oldest son has ADD, for which he takes meds. Truth be told, I hate his ADD medicine. I also have ADD and don’t take medicine because of the way it makes me feel. My son prefers to take it though. He doesn’t like some side effects that he gets from the meds, but he does like his improved focus and the fact that he gets lectured less when his focus is improved.

We’ve never given him medicine in the summer because I believe his body needs some time off from the medicine. However, this summer has been rough. Not only is he like talking to a brick wall, but suddenly, my sweet eleven year old is argumentative, mouthy and downright rude. We’ve been muddling through it, but it’s been hard. I’ve never felt like I had a bad relationship with my kids, but in the past month, I kept feeling like I’m losing my boy- like our bond is disintegrating.

One night last week was particularly bad. So bad that when we woke up the next morning, the first thing I did was hand him his pill. I couldn’t take another day like the one we’d just had.

He was my sweet boy again. Focused, well-behaved and no longer instigating fights. But I felt horrible; what kind of mom can’t handle being around her kid unless he’s medicated?!

Suddenly, a light came on in my head. Maybe there was something natural we could put in his body that could help with the ADD. Something that wouldn’t make me feel like a failure as a mother and something that wouldn’t keep me worried about what this medicine could do in the long-term.

I started researching- I read study after study on the benefits of fish oil for ADD and decided it was something I was willing to try. I called his pediatrician and got the green light, and that night we began. Six days later, my son is not taking ADD medicine, but you’d never be able to tell that from his behavior.

What I learned is this: studies have shown that people with ADD, autism and some other disorders are lacking omega-3s. You know how they say that fish is brain food? Well, we love fish and eat it as often as we can, but because of mercury concerns, it’s not as often as I’d like. These pills are full of the fatty acids your brain needs, without the toxins that make fish unsafe to eat on a daily basis.

I don’t know that this would work for every person with ADD. In fact, I don’t know yet how it will work for my son in the long run. All I do know is that as long as it works, it’s what we’re using. I’m so happy to be able to give him something that helps him without worrying about the harm it could be doing to his body.

Lastly, I’m not judging anyone who chooses to use medication or not. I’m only mentioning it here because I wish I’d had this information sooner, and maybe this could help another family.

UPDATE:
 
A lot of people are asking about dosing instructions, but I can't help with that.  Not because I don't want to, but because I don't know the answer.  I have NO medical training whatsoever.  I worked out my son's dosage with his doctor based on age, weight, diet, etc.  I would suggest to everyone else that they do the same.  Although fish oil may be helpful, too much of a good thing can cause problems, so I really don't feel comfortable recommending to someone what their child should take.  I'm sorry if it seems like I'm witholding information- that's not my intention at all.  I just don't want to be responsible for someone's son or daughter getting sick.

 
Comments
Jul. 13, 2010 10:05 am
CP, thank you for sharing this. Twenty years ago, I discovered I too have ADD. I worried about my children. I'm sure at least ONE of them have it. I never wanted to do the medicine and still haven't. Instead, I focus on supplements and healthy food. It may not be the answer for everyone, but it is my "preferred" treatment. I also did day care for a young boy who was SEVERELY affected by ADHD. What a challenge! He was (and probably still is) on medication. How to describe a boy with a heart of gold and an argumentative streak a mile long?? I get it! Much luck to you and your DS ♥
 
Jul. 13, 2010 10:12 am
LS, I understand not wanting to do medication. I hate giving it to him. I credit AR with my sudden revelation that there might be something natural, nutrient-wise that could help him. This site certainly gets you thinking about the things we put in our bodies.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 10:12 am
No one in my family has ADD, but we take fish oil regularly...it seems to be good for so many things! I'm so glad it seems to be helping your little guy.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 10:14 am
Lynna, the more I read about it, the more I feel like this is a good choice. I wish I'd known about it sooner.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 10:56 am
Citrus Punch - I have a daughter who has ADHD. She is on Straterra and when we began having problems with her behavior (even on the meds due to hormones) the Dr. suggested we also give her vitamins containing the omega-3. It did help. On another note what you are going through with your son may not be all ADD related. I too have a son your son's age and boy did he change when he started going through the "CHANGE" He is not ADD but his behavior was very similar to what you are describing and yes I know that 11 seems young but children today are going through things alot younger now. Just be aware that his behavior may have nothing whatsoever to do with his ADD. My son started at 11 and is just now at almost 13 coming back around to the boy(man) I knew. Good luck!
 
sueb 
Jul. 13, 2010 11:02 am
You might also be interested in finding out about chia seeds, if you don't already know. Here's an article: http://www.living-foods.com/articles/chia.html
 
Jul. 13, 2010 11:25 am
My daughter also takes fish oil supplements for ADHD, combined with a magnesium, zinc and calcium supplement and multivitamin. I do think it helps... She is now 13 and is soooo much better than when she was 11 and 12. I think hormones amplify ADHD behaviors tremendously and although she is just beginning puberty, she is beginning to show signs of maturity which help tone down the mood swings and frustration of AHD. Good luck!
 
Jul. 13, 2010 11:55 am
good for you for seeking an alternative to the "conventional" over-used for big profit PHarma cartel. The nearer we can keep to our natural food sources the better our health will be. I also, take fish oil in the form of cod liver oil. Be sure to get a good quality. It will cost more, but not in the long term. I buy a 16oz liquid bottle of Norwegian for around $17. I have seen it for almost $30 for a 12oz bottle in natural food stores, but I don't believe the quality is that much greater than what I get at GNC. I take two tbls. a day and can feel the difference in attitude when I don't. Keep in mind, CP, that some of the argumentative and rudeness could be just from being eleven years old. I can still remember being there.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 12:27 pm
Carrie, yoga and potsnpans- you all touched on something that I've also considered. I do think his hormones and age have a lot to do with the behavior and the tone I've been getting from him. I think that his meds (and now fish oil) give him the ability to pause and think things through before acting out or saying hurtful things. I think it's part of the impulsivity and for whatever reason, the fish oil seems to be helping that. Thank you for your comments!
 
Jul. 13, 2010 12:29 pm
sueb, I'd only briefly read up on chia before, but it wasn't something I really considered. More and more, I find myself looking to nature rather than the medicine cabinet. Thank you for sharing that- I'm going to see about locating some chia. I also know of the benefits of flax, which we've incorporated into our diet through breads and things.
 
fishtown49654 
Jul. 13, 2010 12:34 pm
ok.......we do fish oil here too. It helps with a lot of things. So are the side effects created by the prescription meds gone away with the fish oil or still lingering. I t would be interesting to see that too.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 12:42 pm
fishtown, the side effects are gone and he's had no adverse reactions whatsoever to the fish oil. He used to get headaches sometimes from his ADD meds, and they also caused some issues with his eyes. He hasn't had any of those problems since we stopped. I'm fascinated that so many here already use fish oil. I'm a little ashamed to admit that it took me this long to find out about its benefits.
 
katieo 
Jul. 13, 2010 12:50 pm
I read this with GREAT interest. Our 10 yr old grandson is also ADHD with possibly bipolar thrown in. I'm going to mention this to my daughter so she can check with his doctor. To me it seems like it certainly can't hurt and if it helps my little guy, even a bit, it will be worth it.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 1:22 pm
Tell me what regimen you have him on, if you will. How much fish oil is he taking? What milligrams per day? What time of day is he taking them? Questions.. questions.. please answer as I have one son who took meds when he was younger, now he's 31 and still has the ADD.. but seems to manage it ok with .. well, I don't want to say it here, but he smokes it.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 1:30 pm
Cindy, my sisters adult son has ADD and he's been off meds for many years. Just couldn't take it any longer. He is now taking Royal Jelly and has had alot of success with it. It's not 100% perfect, but he is far happier now than ever before. Royal Jelly is produced by bees and given to the Queen in the hive. My dad takes it as a cholesterol reducer - it has been unfairly touted as a cure all, it is not but it has some fantastic benefits for many people. My Mom got Shingles a few years back and it was Royal Jelly that got her over it quickly. I don't take it so I can't personally attest to it. It is mentioned as an aid for people/kids with ADD and all I know is my nephew believes in its value.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 1:54 pm
My son was diagnosed when he was in elementary school and I did choose to medicate him when school was in session and then he took summers off. As he got older and into high school he didn't like taking the meds and would not. It's been a hard road at times, but he's a good kid..well I should say man now, he's 25. He has a beautiful girlfriend and a beautiful daughter and, at times, he could really use more focus still. I will mention the fish oil to him, if nothing else, it's good for his heart and heart diseas runs on both sides of our family. Oh, and Cindy, my son manages his now the same way and it does help. We have discussed it. CP, your loving son will be back, just be patient. My son and I get along great and talk just about every day. Like I said, it's not been an easy road with the ADD, but we got through it all.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 1:57 pm
katieo- our doctor wasn't convinced it would help with the ADD, but she did think it wouldn't hurt, either, just like you said. I was uncertain too, but it's working better than I had even dared to hope.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 1:59 pm
Belles, it's interesting that you mention the coffee. At different points, when we'd be in-between meds for my son, his doctor would advise that we give him caffeine before an exam so that he could focus enough to get through it. It did help for us too, but like you, I wouldn't consider that a viable everyday option.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 2:01 pm
QueenPin, I had never heard of Royal Jelly before. I'm interested in learning more about it- thanks for sharing that.
 
Keri 
Jul. 13, 2010 2:27 pm
CP - THANK YOU for this blog! My almost 11-year-old daughter (and the rest of us right along with her) has been struggling with ADHD and borderline bipolar since she was about three years old. Her psychiatrist tried multiple different ADHD medications for her and, while they did help with her focus, she became very depressed and even suicidal on them. Because of these reactions to ANY kind of ADHD medication we tried (we tried four or five different ones over the course of 5 years), I told the psychiatrist that I wasn't willing to continue trying any more of them. My daughter does take Abilify to help with her mood disorder (the bipolar aspect of things), but she is still very argumentative, antsy, and unable to focus for more than a minute or two at a time. It breaks my heart to see how unhappy she is with life and I have prayed for a solution so she can lead a more happy, "normal" childhood. Because her troubles have been relatively consistent since the age of three, I'm pretty sure hormones aren't playing a part in her issues...YET! I have often said that I dread her pre-teen and early teen years...and they're rapidly approaching. This blog has given me another, more comfortable, avenue to pursue on her behalf. I am going to do some research on fish oil right away and speak with my daughter's psychiatrist and pediatrician about starting her on the supplement. You may have just given me the answer to my prayers!
 
Jul. 13, 2010 2:50 pm
Fish oil has changed my life. Just for me, it's made my depression do a 180. I feel better than I have in years.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Keri, I am truly hoping this helps your family. I totally get your refusal to keep pumping your girl full of questionable medicines. It's an awful choice that parents have to make: don't give them the drugs and let them suffer, or give them drugs and hope that there aren't serious consequences for that somewhere down the road. Good luck to you and your daughter! ♥
 
Jul. 13, 2010 3:02 pm
tat2, that's awesome to hear! Ya know, I keep reading and reading and I have yet to see any side effects aside from maybe an upset stomach or fishy burps. It blows my mind that something that works so well for so many can continue to be ignored by medical professionals.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 3:42 pm
CP, the medical profession is like any other business. . . dollar driven. Two books I read many years ago, that are still valid today are 1.) Food Is Your Best Medicine, by Henry G. Bieler, MD. and 2.) Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. Of course, there are MANY MANY more recent books. These were the first ones to set me on my path 40 years ago. :)
 
Jul. 13, 2010 6:24 pm
Citrus Punch, I have nothing to add to help but this is why I garden herbicide and pesticide free and cook most all our food from the basics. I think sometimes DR's want to medicate cause that is what they do. A nurse told me once that if you go to a DR, say you have a problem-they have to do something. But not always is it the very best thing to do. Hope things keep getting better!!!!
 
Jul. 13, 2010 6:28 pm
Lady Sparkle, I agree. It's too bad, because my son is doing better on fish oil than he did on prescription meds that sometimes cost $50.00 a month, depending on which medicine he was taking. It's really sad when dollars come before actually helping a kid.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 6:31 pm
Cat Hill, that's the way to do it. We buy all of our produce from local farmers when we can, and we're going to be buying organic in the fall and winter months from here on out. Next year I hope to have my own garden- I've started this year with herbs. I'm a total newbie to gardening, so I'm taking it slow. :)
 
Jul. 13, 2010 8:32 pm
As a mother and a second grade teacher, I definitely appreciate your insight. I swear all children show signs of ADD/ADHD at some point (no I'm not diagnosing, just observing.) I have seen many children who would probably benefit from medication, but parents are hesitant. I'm going to research this further so I can suggest it as an avenue they may wish to try. I've been in the position of making this decision with my youngest. His first grade teacher seemed to want me to put him on meds. He wasn't disruptive, just unfocused. I went with some natural remedies through the end of first grade. His second grade teacher didn't see his behavior the same way and was more willing to work with him (he was off all meds at the time and never did go back on anything.) I ended up realizing he was dyslexic during second grade and treating that problem. Suddenly no other attention issues existed. I'm seeing some of those old patterns with him lately, though. I'm wondering if fish oil might be something that would help him (and his brothers) to be more focused. Maybe I'll start taking it, too. I'm getting tired of forgetting what I went to the fridge for. ;) Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
 
B L 
Jul. 13, 2010 8:40 pm
Thanks for an insightful blog. Do you use a particular brand of fish oil and how much does he take? I am curios because I tried it some time ago w one daughter but we didn't notice any improvement. I am a big believer in supplements, so I wondered if the quality was not the best or the dose too low.
 
Jul. 13, 2010 9:31 pm
BellsAZ, when my 30 and 32 year old sons were children with ADHD, their doctor also "prescribed" a cup of coffee as a means of helping them. It really helped. They're big coffee drinkers as adults, and I wonder if it still is a self-medication for them. I'm going to suggest the Omega-3. Beneficial for them to take anyways.
 
PATDAV56 
Jul. 14, 2010 5:15 am
OMG, I am raising my 2 grandsons 8 and 9. The 8 year old is ADHD and started Vyvanse last spring. Helped greatly, but the days he's not on meds, I hate to say it, are almost unbearable (defiant,agressive,very argumentative,bullying, etc). Our 9 yr old grandson was tested for Asperger's possible ADD. Will try Fish Oil for sure on both. Interested in dosage (both weigh approx 75-80 lbs). Will check GNC also. Praying this helps. Thanks for the tip.
 
snugoo 
Jul. 14, 2010 5:42 am
I too have ADD,I cook in a kichen and I could be doing one chore in preping and Im drivin in another direction in seconds to start another,and then another and still not finish the thing I started.I really don`t want to take drugs figurung I could handle it knowing deep down I`m not.I will try this,I have nothing to lose,but I`m wondering why you haven`t tried it?
 
Jul. 14, 2010 6:04 am
I have nothing of value to add. Just wanted to say thank you for writing this. How did you determine dosage? How much is enough?
 
Jul. 14, 2010 6:04 am
I, too, have ADD. Although I didn't know it until just recently. I thought I had a short attention span. Is there really SAS? I was the queen of projects started. It somehow got mentioned at a totally OT with my MD and she suggested fish oil. Me and Omega 3 have become best buds. I can actually go into a room, complete everything I went in there to do and move on to something else. Before O-3 it was just ridiculous!!
 
Jul. 14, 2010 6:51 am
Thank you so much for blogging about this. I definitely want to look into it. I just started my 7 year old on medication last year. He is off of it this summer. Do you know, is it wise to have them on the fish oil even while they're taking medication?
 
Jul. 14, 2010 7:17 am
thank you, my oldest was diagnosed ADD at 16;loves the effect of meds hates taking them. Middle son ADHS diagnosed at 11, want to give him summers off but by the time he has been off 3 weeks, I'm going nuts! We see the doctor today for somthing else will ask about this. Also, youngest now having problems, and oldest doctor said I have it but was diagnosed(back then girls didn't have ADD).
 
Jul. 14, 2010 8:35 am
A lot of people are asking about dosing instructions, and I don't want to be rude at all, but I do want to reiterate that I have NO medical training. Your plumber, your dog walker, or the kid who mows your yard are probably more qualified than I am to be offering medical advice. I wasn't comfortable with the information I found online regarding dosage, so I worked it out with our son's doctor. I would suggest that to anyone who's thinking about fish oil for their kids- just give the doctor a call and see what they say. My boy's doctor didn't think that fish oil would help much with his ADD, but she was willing to work with us on finding a dose that would work for him based on his diet and weight. I hope that helps.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 8:52 am
snugoo, you asked a good question. I also have been taking the fish oil supplement. I haven't noticed much change in my own focus, but I think that's because I already am pretty focussed right now. This has everything to do with the fact that I drink iced tea round the clock during hot summer months. ;)
 
Jul. 14, 2010 8:56 am
SouthernGma, I'd say you have a pretty smart doctor. Our doctor said that she doesn't recommend this because the FDA hasn't approved it for mental health. She did say it would be okay to give it to him, she just wasn't expecting big things. My faith in the FDA is dwindling- if they'll approve Vyvanse, Concerta, Ritalin, etc. why not look into the benefits of something much more natural? I do believe it's more about dollars than helping people, and that's depressing, to say the least.
 
JARRIE 
Jul. 14, 2010 9:04 am
I didn't read all the comments, Citrus, but I wanted to point out another source of Omega-3s--some brands of eggs contain a high dose of omega 3s. Personally I use Eggland's Best Cage Free, but there's a couple of other brands that have high omega 3s, in case you guys get tired of the fish oil. (Fish oil makes me burp fish, personally, I can't always tolerate it!) Good luck!
 
Jul. 14, 2010 9:06 am
I have a son with Aspergers Disorder(Autism) and we do give him fish oils along with his regular medicine(Risperdal). I also had a lot of success with Black Current Oil. He is 16 now and doing great even learning how to drive. He also goes to regular classes at his high school and brought home a 4.0 gpa all of last yr. I truly believe that the oils help him focus. Since they are now saying ADD and ADHD are on the spectrum now most kids with ADD, Austism and ADHD DO benefit from them. I also had him on a wheat free gluten free diet but didnt notice much change. But that also helps many people. Hope everything works out!
 
anitalb 
Jul. 14, 2010 9:42 am
I LOVE all this input on using a more natural remedy. As an occupational therapist, I work w/ many ADHD, etc. kiddos--and meds are usually not the cure-all. It's lifestyle change--and what's on the end of our fork or in our drink as well! But--don't look for confirmation from your MD's--they're usually only about the drugs--do your own research, and your God-given mama-sense:)
 
Abbey 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:31 am
CP, thank you so much for posting this. My boyfriend has ADD, I love him to death but like you said, he's like talking to a brick wall sometimes. He gets mood swings from time to time and sometimes it seems like the only thing that can hold his attention is video games. He doesn't believe in taking chemical medicine, but I wonder if he would give fish oil a try. I appreciate you sharing this with me and I hope your son continues to improve!
 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:57 am
This is a great blog. I too have had issues with ADD though I have luckily found so many tools to help me.(Thank you flylady.com) For those who have trouble with fish *burps*, I find it helpful to keep the capsules in the freezer and take with a meal. Has ended my fish breath:) Now pucker up****My husband has taught for 30 years and he has noticed a huge upswing in this diagnosis. He finds that a VERY structured environment is helpful as well as an organized and peaceful home. (If there is such a thing these days LOL) He is a skilled classroom manager and consequently gets rewarded with many of these ADD kids. LOL Only problem now is there are so many in some of his classes it is harder to keep focus and control in the classroom. He is suspicious that our brains being bombarded with so much fast information and media is one of the culprits. My niece has two kidlets diagnosed with ADHD. On her uncles advice, she stopped letting them watch more than one hour a day of tv, movies or video games. One movie on the weekends. She says she is starting to see real improvement, but I am going to share this fish oil "med" too. What a great & simple alternative this could be. Thanks!
 
Jul. 14, 2010 11:44 am
Wow, great blog with so much good info! Thanks everyone!
 
Jul. 14, 2010 12:19 pm
I have to add that my son is also struggling with ADHD and I refuse to use any behavior drugs until I know I've done everything else first. Did you know that most ADHD symptoms can be helped by removing wheat from the diet? I'm starting our journey this week.
 
Vic 
Jul. 14, 2010 12:33 pm
Citrus Punch I have a 30 year old son who's married. He has chose not to do meds. But he could sure use something.This looks so interesting. What kind of fish oil would you recommend or if pills what kind. We just want to make sure we get a good product.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 12:46 pm
Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I'm glad I posted this because I've also gotten a lot of new information that I can research. Tat, I did not know that but I will be looking into it- thank you! Vic, I'm not sure what would work best for an adult. There are so many products on the market and I am not even close to being an expert on the subject- I'd tell him to call his doctor and see what he or she recommends.
 
Pat 
Jul. 14, 2010 12:58 pm
Citrus Punch and Vic, I know nobody asked me, exactly, but there's a wonderful marine oil full of omega-3s and free of mercury (very important!). You can learn more about it here: http://www.green-lipped-mussel-oil.com/moxxor-introduction.html
 
Jodi 
Jul. 14, 2010 2:37 pm
thanks for this very intresting blog I have been living with ADHD since i was in 4th grade I will have to try the fish oil thing. i know its kind of taboo to say but I self medicate with marijuana its one of the few things that slow me down long enough to be able to focus one thing long enough to actually get something done but I am also 32 years old and old enough to make that decision but it is one of the few things that work for me
 
Jul. 14, 2010 3:18 pm
Thanks for blogging about the benefits of fish oil, Citrus Punch! Our chiropractor recently recommended we start taking 2 fish oil capsules per day for our joint health. Like mauigirl, we keep our fish oil in the freezer, swallow it frozen and don't have a problem with indigestion. Apparently fish oil is quite beneficial for all sorts of health problems.
 
mrseasun10 
Jul. 14, 2010 4:29 pm
I found your article very interesting; my 13 yr old is borderline ADD and i DONT agree to giving her the meds! She becomes violent and aggressive, totally NOT like her at all! Plus she was losing weight and lost her hearty appetite, but she preferred the meds because she paid attention with no problems; i contemplated the fish oil supplements months back but i thought it would be best to get the fish oil if she consumed more fish.... she will be starting 8th grade this coming year and so now I definitely will buy the supplements tomorrow so we can get her started on her new regimen! Thank you for your input; by the looks of all the comments, you really have had an impact by posting this blog! I was looking for a diverse meatloaf recipe!!!! HAHA!
 
danacath 
Jul. 14, 2010 4:47 pm
Glad I stumbled across this blog. It's great to be able to share info and ideas with others who are facing similar challenges. My 14-year-old daughter has struggled with ADD and OCD for about 9 years. We've tried to keep it under control through natural means, with some success. She's taking flax oil capsules right now for the Omega benefit, but we'll probably switch back to fish oil capsules when the others run out. Re: brand and dosage, I've tried various brands, and I always check the bottle for the correct dosage for her age/weight. The internet is a great way to research reputable brands, but if someone out there has a brand that they really like, I'd love to hear about it! A lot of the fish oil capsules are huge, though, so keep that in mind if you have kiddos that balk at swallowing big pills. The health food stores may be able to steer you to a brand that has smaller capsules. The onset of puberty around age 11 or 12 definitely exacerbated our daughter's ADD symptoms and behavior. Our pediatrician confirmed that this is a typical reaction. I think DD has finally gotten over the worst of the hormonal stuff, now that she's settled into a monthly cycle. One other dietary change that we're trying is to cut out artificial colors and a lot of processed foods-- not for hyperactivity, but for her mood swings. I've become a vigilant label reader. Dye is put into SO many things-- canned lemonade and countless drinks, some jams, yogurt, even in some "healthier" cereals that are supposed to be "good" for you. (I get most of my cereal in the health foods section now.) DD is doing so much better now that she avoids the artificial stuff. When we took 2 family trips this summer, we weren't as careful with her diet and taking Omega-3, and I definitely saw a flare-up of temper from my normally sweet daughter. For those of you out there who are going to try the fish oil or dietary changes, please be patient and give it several months. Sometimes it takes that long to really make a change in the body. It hasn't been the perfect solution-- sometimes I feel like I'm still missing something else that would help my daughter, but diet and Omega-3 have been a step in the right direction IMHO. Anyway, that's my two cents' worth! Keep the comments coming, everyone, and thanks for posting, Citrus Punch. Allrecipes rocks! :)
 
twohungryboys 
Jul. 14, 2010 6:24 pm
Thanks so much for your comments - I have a son of a similar age who is not ADD but is definitely becoming more defiant. He used to be very well organized and has started to become somewhat scattered. It could be that some of what you have been experiencing is a result of his age and developmental changes. I know that fish oil helps me immensely with emotional and physical health. I have been trying to find some good recommendations about dosage, etc...for kids. Any suggestions?
 
Jul. 14, 2010 7:05 pm
I am a Special Education school teacher and work with many students diagnosed ADHD every year. I have also believed in Fish Oil for 20 some years, but didn't know that it may affect ADHD until I read this blog tonight. THANK YOU! Parents need alternative suggestions. I may add, that one should buy "enteric" fish oil to eliminate fish burps and that Walmart has it the cheapest on the market.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 8:58 pm
Citrus, what an inspiration your post was. Medication simply masks the symptoms without correcting the problem. All of this ADD, ADHD blah blah blah has come about mostly in recent years and I believe diet plays a major role. You just confirmed to a degree that suspicion. I've been taking fish oil for years because of a heart attack (former party boy). I also eat a lot of Omega-3 rich fish. I try my best to eat a well balanced healthy diet, realizing that everything good for me doesn't have to be delicious, sometimes it's just the sensible thing to do.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:19 pm
Pat- thanks for the info! Belles- I had never heard of royal jelly- reading about it has been interesting. In fact, I had the mister come look at the pics on wikipedia while I told him about it. Wild! Turtle- Prior to this blog, I'd never heard of that, but it makes perfect sense that it would work that way. kitty- It amazes me when I keep reading about all the different ways in which people find fish oil helpful. mrseasun- It sounds like we've been through similar situations. My son also loses weight while taking meds- summer is his "bulking up" time. When he's off his meds he eats like he has a hollow leg :)
 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:23 pm
dana- That is a ton of great information- thank you for sharing it! I agree that allrecipes rocks! sped- Good point about the enteric coated pills. Others have suggested storing them in the freezer as well, to help with the same problem.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:25 pm
twohungryboys, The only good suggestion I have is to give his dr. a call. It seems that weight and diet, etc. will impact what his body needs and can handle, so it might be very different from what my son needs.
 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:27 pm
Jeez Dave, I didn't know you've had a heart attack! No wonder you take such good care of yourself. I was ogling your melon pic a while back- I can't remember off the top of my head what kind of melon it was, but I know I've never had it before. Canary? Is that it? What's it like? Anyway, it was a beautiful pic, is my point. :)
 
Threeboymom 
Jul. 14, 2010 10:39 pm
Omega fatty acids are helpful because it's what the brain cell membranes are comprised of. I have a son with ADD and another Asperger-ish one. What I found out is that mercury toxicity is the main issue behind these conditions. Google Cutler protocol - it is a Godsend. Fish oil is helpful but Cutler chelation is recovering my boys.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 4:20 am
Belles - I was also just looking at the Royal Jelly since my husband takes meds for his cholesterol. He's also diabetic & it's made up of 11% simple sugars, so that would make me nervous. It can also cause an allergic reaction to those allergic to ragweed (which would be me). Interesting reading though!
 
Jul. 15, 2010 4:38 am
CP, thank you for recognizing the fact that FDA appears to be in it for the $$ and IMHO, needs to be abolished for all the so-called "good" they do. If your government tells you YOU need to have this vaccine or that medication, run for the hills!!!! My doctor said I didn't have anything to lose by taking the O-3. It's a natural substance and I'd much rather get my "drugs" from a reputable and trusted healthfood store than the FDA $$-linked pharmaceutical houses! For me, the fish oil works and I'm not on a prescription drug.
 
hockeymom 
Jul. 15, 2010 5:59 am
thanks for all the great info! I'm curious if your son is swallowing the enormous capsules of fish oil I've been taking. My 11-yr old daughter could probably benefit, but not sure she can do those monsters! Have you found some other dosage form?
 
LonghornMama 
Jul. 15, 2010 7:14 am
Thanks for posting this information. The benefits of fish oil are very interesting. My rheumatologist has me on fish oil along with convential meds for rheumatoid arthritis. She suggested Nature's Bounty Odorless Omega-3 fish oil for no "fish burps." I've found this at Walgreens and Kroger. I take a high dose and have never had a problem with burps. Look for products with enteric coating to minimize the burps. hockeymom, I started giving my kids an Omega-3 supplement made by LilCritters called Omega-3 Gummy Fish which I buy at Costco, but have also seen regular grocery stores. Citrus Punch is right about contacting your doctor for advice on dosage. Fish oil is natural, but too much has been show to promote an increased risk of bleeding. When a doctor asks what meds you (and your kids) are taking, don't forget to give them a list of vitamins or other supplements!!
 
SDM 
Jul. 15, 2010 8:49 am
Belles-I remember my brother, undiagnosed ADHD, not severe, drinking a cup of coffee [milk&sugar] every morning with his cereal before school starting in Kindergarten. It wasn't suggested by the doctor, he just liked it. Now that I'm an adult [trained educator] I see that he was self-medicating without even knowing it. I think that's why he never had issues with the ADHD in school. :) Funny!
 
mommiecooksit 
Jul. 15, 2010 9:22 am
I am happy to see that parents are looking for alternative medicines for their children. I believe it is the goal of "pharm companies" to have every individual taking some form of medication. My son too was diagnosed with ADD. I felt guilty about giving him meds. In addition, he did not like the way he felt after taking the meds. My son is now a teenager and although he has never really liked completing school work, much has changed with his maturation process. And most of the time I love his personality. After all, he is a TEENAGER. I am going to try the fish oil.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 10:50 am
as a teacher, I can't tell you how impressed I am that you a) did your research (and didn't just jump on a bandwagon based on a friend's advice or one study) b) didn't throw the meds out the window c) consulted with your doctor. I teach kids whose parents have done the above. And it kills me to see the pain they go through...those kids really do think they are 'bad' children because they can't control their behaviour like most other kids. I'm so glad you were able to find a help and support for your son!
 
frecklefacestrawberry 
Jul. 15, 2010 11:35 am
Good luck to all out there dealing with ADD (both with your children or selves). My son is now 19, and down to only 10m Strattera...on his own! Once they hit 18, I have no say with the docs...anyway, will show him this blog so he can see the (many)benefits of fish oil...
 
Lisa Hill 
Jul. 15, 2010 11:50 am
I also have an 11-year old son that is on Strattera but it isn't working so well right now. He is growing so darn fast - 5 lbs & 1/2 inch last month - that we can't keep up. He is a real stinker some times and I am looking for some ways to help him focus. I take a high dosage of fish oil for lupus so I will check into the dosage for him too. Thanks for the post - the information hit home for me (and I don't feel like I am the only one going crazy!)
 
lost in mexico 
Jul. 15, 2010 11:56 am
great blog, my husband has been taking fish oil since he had a brain injury, the doctor also gav him some antidepressives which he has stopped taking and has had no side effects. since reading this it got me thinking that its probably due to the fish oil supplements that he is taking.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 12:40 pm
My son wasn't diagnosed with ADD because I never took him to the Dr. about it, but it was sure looking like that. This year we changed our diet to everything natural - absolutely no preservatives, dyes, white flour, and most importantly no processed sugar of any kind. Within a few weeks after everything got out of his system, I had a brand new boy. He couldn't focus for more than a few minutes before and now he can focus for hours (he's 9). I can see it's the sugar because if he has any processed sugars more than once, he's back to his unfocused "wild man". He loves the change its made in him. We leave it up to him and he volunteering choose no sugar!
 
AGGIEFAMILY 
Jul. 15, 2010 1:38 pm
Thank you so much for posting this! I have a 10 yr. old recently diagnosed with ADHD. He just started Strattera a few weeks ago. His psychiatrist mentioned zinc (for focus) and melatonin (for help with sleep). I will ask about fish oil. I'm all for natural alternatives. Thanks for the info.!
 
B L 
Jul. 15, 2010 1:40 pm
The monster sized pills have been an issue for me as well - I am not good at swallowing giant pills. Anyone found a smaller size? I would add them to my own diet if I could find that.
 
STACWEST 
Jul. 15, 2010 2:17 pm
Thank you for the great blog...Our family "suffered" right along side of my now 21 yr old son who had ADHD horribly, I have a 16 yr old son with it who has never been medicated more than a few months and I myself have ADD...I really feel my oldest daughter also had it...I was given a copy of "Is this your Child?" by Dorothy Rapp...I was amazed when I read it...I had told the doctors over and over that he was much much worse when he ate certain foods or smelled certain fragrance and they told me i was crazy...but as the single mom of 5 kids at the time I tried to incorporated as many changes as I could, they helped but I wasn't as consistant as I should have been and feel terribly guilty after finding the book recently during a move and rereading it...I highly, highly recommend it to anyone.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 4:14 pm
Citrus, yep, a Canary melon.
 
TALANJS 
Jul. 15, 2010 6:34 pm
@ BL and anyone else who doesn't like the big pills or "fish burps" i have been using Carlson Laboratories "The Very Finest Fish Oil Lemon Flavor" for several months. It cheaper, tastes better(it's a liquid) and has more O3 per serving then anything else i've seen. (I don't work for them or anything)
 
Hathaway 
Jul. 15, 2010 6:43 pm
My son is now 34. He had ADD and Dyslexia growing up. When his doctor suggested that I suspend meds during the summer, I asked the Dr for his address.....I was not going to deal with him being off meds. It was not fair to him or the rest of the family. He was sooo much happier and healthier mentally when he was on his meds. You don't take a diabetic child off insulin for the summer, so why take a child that needs other meds off of them just because it's summer. My son is now a successful,happy, well adjusted young man. He does take the minimal dose of an anti-anxiety med. If your son is calmer and happier on the medication, then he should have it.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 6:43 pm
YES !!! I am so glad you are researching alternatives...my son was diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers when he was young. Fish oil , if given consistantly has helped him tremendously , he is 12. Also look into food allergies, this has helped him a lot, no wheat,dairy, soy or additives. We also had him tested for vitamin ,mineral def. and are using supps. to keep him in balance. No medications and he is a homor role student now ,and a joy to be around. I have done much research, if you need any help. I will give you my personal E-mail. you are on the right path !!! take care ....N
 
Jul. 15, 2010 6:48 pm
Hathaway, He is neither calmer nor happier on ADD meds than he is on fish oil. Quite the contrary, actually. He's much happier with the fish oil than he's ever been with the meds.
 
Jul. 15, 2010 6:50 pm
Cynrun...to say that it is child abuse not to use Meds. is VERY harsh !!!! I chose NOT to use meds and my son is now doing womdefullly !! No pharmaceuticals in his body you are being to judgemental ! Just because Meds helped you does NOT mean it is for everybody . My son was diagnosed with a Autism disorder and now has no sign of it due to diet and supps. , He also is an accomplished athlete, please do not be so Tunnel Vision for those of us that chose alternative routes, with MUCH reading and research and trial !!!!!
 
Jul. 15, 2010 7:21 pm
hockeymom, My son does take rather large pills, but they go down easily for him. He hasn't had any trouble with them at all. Nichele, I would love to talk. My email is pinkcashmere007@yahoo.com Thank you!!!
 
Jul. 16, 2010 6:10 am
For those that don't want to take the chance of Toxins and mercury try Mila, the highest source of Omega 3's and it is full of antioxidants, even more than blueberries.
 
Jul. 16, 2010 7:26 am
What most people don't realize about fish oil supplements is what they are made from. These supplements are made from the liver and scales of the fish. These parts are the first to filter toxins for the fish. Therefore, any toxins they've filtered are easily transferred to you. You should be getting Omega-3 intakes from the food source - eat more fish! This is coming from a university health and nutrition course. Don't believe everything you read in web articles. Consider the source of these articles. Most of them are marketing agents to help facilitate consumer purchases. I am a marketing major - Trust me!
 
manchy 
Jul. 16, 2010 7:37 am
CP,thanks so much for sharing. I have two ADD kids that I homeschool. I've been using the fish oil for a few years now and I definitely see improvement.To echo maui, limiting tv and video games made a huge difference too. Homeschooling lets me see first hand the effects of such changes. That said, mine are 11 & 12 now and things are getting difficult again--yey hormones! I read a book called Spark about the effect of excercize on brain function-amazing! Especially for my son, big difference. Noticable. I have to admit only tried it as a response to really bad behavior/attitude but it will be a part of our regular routine now.
 
Jul. 16, 2010 8:43 am
If you use fish oil that has the contaminants filtered out and tested afterwards for Mercury , then they should be fine. We also eat fish but only wild caught Alaskan , kippers and sardines which are a safer choice Mercury wise...
 
Jul. 16, 2010 8:48 am
3boys and mom...We did Chelation for our son as well, his Mercury levels were off the charts when he was 4..In our case, Chelation for Mercury, Gluten free Casein free diet, food allergies taken care of Vitamin mimeral def. taken care and Fish oil and excercise everyday for our son have all played a part in helping him, ....
 
Holly 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:26 am
I just want to echo sueb on the chia seeds. We order from a website called nutsonline. We also use hemp seeds and coconut oil. All three are great sources of omega-3. Good luck Citrus Punch! :)
 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:46 am
Holy Guacamole! CP - I would say you hit a good nerve with this one! It is great to see so many people are benefiting from your blog! And also great to see that so many are already pursuing a more natural means of medicating! Wow! This is great! Not to mention I am so happy that my boy is doing great med-free! Great Blog Lady! Love You! PS - Have you found any herbal remedies for a husband who forgets to take out the trash...on purpose? ;-)
 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:47 am
Wow - how many times can I say the word "great" in a paragraph?? Answer: 5,000 :-)
 
Jul. 16, 2010 9:48 am
Thank You Maxwell House!
 
Jul. 16, 2010 10:07 am
B L ...we use fish oil straight from the bottle no capsules..Carlsons brand lemon flavor, can't taste the fish and it is more economical ..hope this helps
 
Jul. 16, 2010 11:12 am
Thanks so much for posting this. My youngest son has ADD. This summer has been difficult. I'm going to look into the fish oil and try it out.
 
MamaWolfe 
Jul. 16, 2010 11:55 am
It's interesting, my pediatrician said that the first thing she does with an ADD child is tell them to take cod liver oil (apparently cod liver is better for ADD than regular fish oil). The second thing she does is have them tested for food allergies. (Especially gluten allergies can look like ADD.)
 
Jul. 16, 2010 12:20 pm
just to note here. Fish Oils AKA Omega 369 / DHA is available in a variety of ways and has a variety of uses. The oils help stimulate the brain, people who are autistic or like my son apraxic also take fish oils because he helps him talk (my boy doesn't speak) or make sounds. I use nordicnaturals as the brand. Dosing has always been complicated on one hand I worry that he'll get to much then on the other I wonder how much is to much. However, you can also label shop I call it and find things with Omega 369 in it, country crock has a spread with it, some milk has it added already as does some yogury. For us when he was taking it we'd give him 2 capsules a day. The problem that we ran into and that most will run into is that it for people who have to have the oil mixed into their food makes the food taste nasty. I've tried pudding, ketchup, yogurt, mac n cheese, mayo and a variety of others. If someone could could with a way of incorporating it into food where it didn't have that taste life in this household would be good
 
Shan Carter 
Jul. 16, 2010 2:14 pm
Fish oil supplements are wonderful for focus and as an anti-inflammatory. Rhodiola is also an excellent supplement for mental focus and mood-enhancement. Vitamin B complex helps, as well. I get my supplements through Amway Global (Nutrilite), and the vitamin Bs come from XS Energy Drink, which has no sugar, no (or few) carbs, and very few calories per serving. Nutrilite also has a children's Omega supplement that comes in a tasty gummy (either lemon or fruit-punch flavor). You can find out more about these on the Amway Global site, at http://www.amway.com/en. Hope this info helps!
 
Jul. 16, 2010 5:22 pm
Hi everyone, and greetings from your friendly MD. Citrus Punch, I want to say thank you for working with your son's doctor to come up with a healthy, safe plan for your son. It can be very helpful to doing your own research and coming up with ideas for treatments, but it's important to mention it at your next visit--not because we get any money for it--we don't, but because we can double check our resources to see if there are any harmful interactions and side effects known. I hope your son continues to do well.
 
Jul. 16, 2010 8:57 pm
I say more power to ya for finding a way to help your son! I hope n pray it continues to help. :)
 
twohungryboys 
Jul. 17, 2010 12:08 pm
Thanks so much to all of you for initiating this interesting conversation. I think we all need to be proactive in our family's health and it is wonderful to see so many people involved. As a side note, I try to prepare salmon as much as possible for my family. My kids love cedar plank salmon. There are some great recipes here at Allrecipes for this. I have been purchasing planks through Costco but have also gotten them at the lumber yard (I just ask them for untreated cedar and have them cut the them into 12" planks - much cheaper). Soak the planks in water for the day and put it on the grill for with a nice salmon fillet - I usually just sprinkle with a bit of seasoning salt and it turns out lovely. You can peel the salmon off if you prepare it skin side down then just toss the plank with the skin. It is a great way of incorporating fish oil into your family's diet.
 
Jul. 17, 2010 12:51 pm
I am so glad I read this. I'm 32 and wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until I was 26. I always got good grades but always was in trouble for being "hyper". Until taking Adderall, I couldn't go to the movies because I would get up 4 or more times. I don't like the Adderall but I take it along with Medical Marijuana (it's legal here in Denver with a MMJ card)and that seems to help. I want to stop taking the Adderall because I don't like the way it makes me feel. I can't wait to go out and try this to see how it works. Thank you so much. I would have never thought about a natural way to handle this. I will not give up my medical Mary Jane though! Lol.
 
Pat 
Jul. 17, 2010 3:52 pm
For all of you who mentioned the drawback of the large size of fish oil capsules, and also the fish burps, I'd highly recommend checking out Moxxor, which is a very small capsule of marine oil, but very pure and powerful. You can learn more about here: http://www.green-lipped-mussel-oil.com/moxxor-introduction.html
 
messmachines 
Jul. 17, 2010 8:16 pm
My 11 year old son has Tourette's Disorder. We keep sugar to a minimum and make sure he gets plenty of exercise. When we started giving him Tuna Oil regularly, we saw a marked decrease in his tics, with NO SIDE EFFECTS. Hooray for fish oil!
 
mom of 7 
Jul. 17, 2010 9:00 pm
ADD and ADHD fall into the category of New millenium diseases like fibrimyalgia and others. the Casue is toxicity as medical researchers are finding is major contributing factor to nearly all diseases. iI am an RN for 24 yrs and have 7 children and 2 grandchildren. We have found great results with supllements from sShalkee and newly discovered Natural cellular defense the original Zeolite. see mywaiora.com/474774. shelley penney a nurse in canada has done tons of research and has e-books that will help thousands!!!
 
Jul. 17, 2010 11:08 pm
Fish oil is a wonderful supplement and it's effects have been scientifically established. The myelin sheath surrounding our nerve fibres are predominantly composed of omega fats, especially omega 3 and this prevents the electrical nreve impulses from "shorting out". Omega 3 is essential for good vison, too. This is no "snake oil"! Go to www.ilt.co.za for info on ADD and practical help.
 
rosie 
Jul. 18, 2010 10:27 am
LOVE non medical approaches for ADD?ADHD because the medical model often does not work for most. Foe a great read get the book "The Explosive Child". It is writeen by a medical doctor in Boston who finds fish oils as much as a benefit as the effect of psychotropic drugs.!
 
BLB 
Jul. 18, 2010 1:26 pm
My 8yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADD about 9 months ago and she is on Concerta. I find the Fish Oil study interesting- I'm going to speak with the pediatrician when my daughter goes back for her next ADD appt. I also have a 13 yr old daughter who does not have ADD- and she started with the whole "attitude thing" back at the age of 10! Some days she is pleasant and helpful, but other days, WATCH OUT! I'm sure the whole hormone aspect tends to be more intense with girls than boys- but I'm hoping she gets past this "Jekyll and Hyde" stage by the time she's 15 or 16! :)
 
Janpie 
Jul. 18, 2010 4:39 pm
Hemp seeds and hemp oil are other good sources of Omega's although probably harder to find. And no, they don't get you high lol.
 
Jul. 18, 2010 7:22 pm
Omega-3 fish oil is also good for bipolar disorder (me) and depression, though at the moment you will find more info about the depression end. For me, as an adult, I take 2000 units twice a day. It's certainly something we seem to need. Also, these things like ADD/ADHD, Bipolar and Depression, have all been around like forever, it's just that it's so easy now to find out about anything. It's the internet - the emailing, chatting, blogging and more - all allowing people find more and more other people who have common interests as well as common problems. Look at the wealth of information on just this one page from all these comments.
 
Kansas Grandmother 
Jul. 18, 2010 7:41 pm
My daughter is Physical Therapist with Women's Health as her specialty. She definitely does her research on anything/everything and is a advocate of healthy living, exercise ,natural foods, etc. She works within the medical community but doesn't put tremendous faith in conventional medicines as an answer. Her son that is now 4 has (or should I say HAD) concentration issues, like not anwswering to his name and was a very late talker (said some words at age 2 but by age 3 was not talking at all... somedays completely silent and frustrated!). He's been on fish oil for over a year and now we can't shut him up and he's turned out to be such a joy. He just chews up his big fish oil capsules, like his gummy multivitamin. He takes ones that have a lemon flavor...the brand is Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3.6.9. I'm not recommending anyone take what he takes. Do your own research and consult your doctor before giving any medicine to children. But that is the brand and it really works well for him because he can chew them. My daughter read a year ago about the benefits of omega oils and how the brain works. She also tried a gluten free diet, but it made no difference to our little Buckaroo. Her son says anything that's on his mind now. He used to bang his head if he was frustrated, because he couldn't speak. Now he just SAYS if his feelings are hurt, or he's angry. What a difference speech makes. You'd never know he was ever language delayed, he's such a little chatterbox. Good Luck to everyone on this blog. I came online to find a recipe for lemon bread and have never written on a blog in my life!
 
Jul. 18, 2010 9:34 pm
I just took my 11 year old son off his ADHD meds last month he'd been taking a low dose of fish oil for awhile, but after reading up on it we increased it to a "therapeutic" dose. I'm really pleased with the results so far. Like you I pull him off his meds every summer, last year when I put him back on in the fall something wasn't quite right. It got worse over the next few months, he got increasingly irritable and moody, had violent tantrums, and even tried to run away. We started seeing a counselor who refered us to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist told me that this is the age when other things "pop up" and we may have a depressed, anxious, or bipolar child. Over the next 6 months we tried anti-depressants, different adhd meds and mood stabilizers all of which only made him worse. It got to the point where the school district sent a tutor to work with my son at home because he couldn't be at school anymore. I just recently told the psych I wanted to go back to square one and see what he looked like unmedicated, the psych looked at me like I was nuts and warned me that his behavior could be explosive. The thing is I never saw "explosive" behavior until we started changing his medications. So we tapered him off everything until he was med free and guess what... I have a very hyper, impulsive, but happy 11 year old. I've never seen him so happy... It's amazing even people who don't know the extent of what happened this year comment on the change and how happy my son seems in photos and in person. My only concern is that he may not be calm enough to handle school this comming fall. I'm considering pairing the fish oil with a gluten free diet, we've tried the Feingold diet and the results were almost non existent. Thanks so much for sharing your story... obviously it hits pretty close to home for a lot of us :)
 
Jul. 19, 2010 10:14 am
I'm glad this worked for you. I tried this with my son who was diagnosed ADD inattentivenss. Unfortunately, it did nothing for him with regard to attention and impulsivity. My son is 8 and he was falling behind in school and had some socialization issues too. I hated the thought of using medicine, but the thought of him not learning and being labeled "weird" made me think hard about the decision. Natural is best, but sometimes needs to be supplemented. Also, our Ped. was reluctant to give the medicine first, which was a surprize to me.
 
Jul. 19, 2010 10:24 am
CP, my son is almost 7, and was diagnosed w/ ADHD and very high anxiety about a yr and a half - two yrs ago. Since that time we have tried probably 10 different meds, none of which I have been the least bit happy with. ALL of them have made things worse, more aggresive, more arguementative, more anxiety, less sleep, loss of appetite, etc., and it breaks my heart. I recently told them NO MORE. I am going to talk to his dr TODAY about fish oil as an alternative. Thanks for the info.
 
EBDENMAR 
Jul. 19, 2010 2:18 pm
I read this blog and did some research of my own. I have gotten my son's pediatricians approval and are going to give this a try. What time of day do you give your child's dose and how long before you could see a difference?
 
Jul. 19, 2010 3:17 pm
Hi Ebdenmar- I give my son his in the morning after breakfast. It was only about three days before we started noticing positive changes. Good luck!
 
Lucky Penny 
Jul. 19, 2010 8:43 pm
All- I recently had the priviledge of attending a presentation by Dr. Dennis Embry, PhD. He is an incredible man who advocates for children, families, and communities in multiple low-cost modalities. Please google "Paxis", which is the name of his organization. One of the subjects Dr. Embry is passionate about is the impact of Omega 3 deficiency, brought on largely by the American diet, which is high in Omega 6 (Soybean Oil being the main source). This comes from fast food, junk food, and many/most processed foods- read your labels! High amounts of Omega 6 in the diet prevent the body from absorbing Omega 3. There are many studies that indicate that Omega 3 deficiency is responsible for increased ADD/ADHD, depression, aggressive and violent behavior, as well as other health issues. This can be eliminated or resolved by cutting out foods that contain soybean or "vegatable" oil, and incorporating Omega 3 (fish oil) supplements. I have a 10 year old daughter w/ depression. I got the go-ahead from her pediatrician to start her on fish oil supplements. She has been taking it for less than one month, and I am amazed at the difference! Please google Dr. Embry's "Paxis" site, and see what you think... Best of luck!
 
gibuchi 
Jul. 20, 2010 2:21 am
Hello Citrus, My name is Gabriel. I stumbled upon your note here about the effects of Fish oil on ADD while looking for recipes. I think it's an interesting and novel approach to a condition that is concerned with problem behaviors. I fully agree with the natural approach to deficits in body chemistry, and I too dislike medications. I have 2 reason's for writing to you. The first is, I congratulate you on finding alternatives to prescribed methods on handling ADD. Too often people take what they're told and not question it. Secondly, I see you have done extensive research in the effects and conditions of ADD, evidenced by alternative solutions and speaking with your pediatrician. What I'm curious about though, is if you've looked into Behavioral Psychology? I have a B. of Science in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University, and there is extensive research there with children who display behaviors related to Autism and ADD/ADHD. There are a number of prominent doctors of the field teaching there (Dr. Malott for one). If you are interested, shoot me a message, and I'd be happy to send you some links, suggestions on literature, or phone numbers. I would be interested in knowing the results attained through a mixture between behavioral techniques and dietary modification. Food for thought! Gabriel
 
peterknows 
Jul. 20, 2010 5:16 am
Hello, I've been a sufferer of symptoms of ADDHD and bipolar in different times in my life, but also I have shown difficiencies in B vitamin levels in my blood tests and even had childhood anemia. I've now bene taking B-vitamins for a few years and I find life is much more relaxed and smoother when I'm on b-vitamins. The awful thing about ADDHD and a lot of various diagnosed behavioral disorders is that they have the same symptoms as vitamin difficiencies. However, no one is paid to show up at doctors offices and talk about fish oil or b-vitamins as a potential fix for disorders. There's also no free golf trips or free pens for doctors saying they're giving vitamin b to patients. It's sad.
 
JamesMacleod 
Jul. 20, 2010 6:04 am
I read as much of this as I could, and Citrus, THANK YOU KINDLY. Dear Heaven it pains me to watch the FDA approve energy drinks, which are getting worse now, carbonated wise (Danger, more than one of these will kill you sort of thing) and yet not acknowledge any form of herbal remedy. Especially with all this medical in druggery (Granted, I do mean mostly the mental kind, though I am certain there are so many herbs, such as Fish oil, that would probably aid in a healthy body, along with our own diet.) Sometimes, I wish I could go to Canada. Or something, somewhere, in a far mystery place that doesn't have all this garbage. It's still good to see people doing their research. Can't count the times I've seen someone say 'This is good for me!,' when they're downing a giant bottle of 'energy milk' laced with extra chemicals and junk that would be safer to get FROM NATURE HERSELF. My faith in the FDA has about died, but thankfully my doc might be a sane one. On a closing note, I'm 21 years of age, a short achilles tendon, collapsed lung, and a cerebral shunt, attesting to the fact that my mother never took care of herself the way I do myself, and my fiancee. I'm really glad you went above and beyond the extra mile for your son. The rest of you as well, thank you for helping rid all this extra medical waste!
 
Jul. 20, 2010 1:58 pm
I take the fish oil for my cholesterol, I take 3 1000mgs per day (except some days I forget the third one). I have also been using flax seed, it is very high in the valuable omegas. I add a tsp. here and there, sometimes whole, sometimes ground. I discovered that ground flaxseed & water is an excellent egg substitute in baking (my machine breads come out great!) We have also noticed a tremendous difference in overall health since I cut out as much processed food as possible and we eat whole and clean. My motto is "We can have all the Junk food we want as long as I have made it myself from scratch." I can concentrate a lot easier nowadays, and I've lost 4 inches from my waist. I wish you every success for you and your son!
 
Jul. 20, 2010 3:42 pm
Thanks for sharing CP! I haven't heard of the omega-3 ADD/Autism connection before so will be doing some of my own research as well since these directly affect me. Have you been taking the fish oil for your ADD, too? If so, have you noticed any difference in yourself?
 
vicki 
Jul. 21, 2010 12:04 am
Not only do fish oil, omega 3's, vitamin E and K (fat soluble) work for ADD, but for speech difficulties as well. My 5 year old son has severe verbal dyspraxia and takes a combination supplement called SPEAK made by Speech Nutrients and marketed for use with Autistic and Dyspraxia children. I can sure tell the difference in his speech when I have forgotten to give his daily dose...I think all of our diets are deficient and we could all use fish oils. Grandma was right--take your cod liver oil!
 
Jul. 25, 2010 7:38 am
Citrus, You've received so many helpful comments here - I didn't get through all of them, but I just wanted to let you know my son has ADD and dyslexia, and I've used fish oil and pro-biotics for years to help him. I used the EFA Blend for children by Nature's Way, but this past year, we dropped it (not on purpose - we just kind of forgot about keeping up with supplements) because of all that went on my husband's illness. Now he is 13, and very much the size of a man! So I'll be researching and looking for another formula for him. Good luck to you!
 
Aug. 3, 2010 11:24 pm
Again I have to say WOW to the # of posts you have. Both of my boys have Autism so I will definitely ask their doc about using fish oil and how to administer it. Thanx alot for this blog!!
 
iamradar 
Aug. 8, 2010 7:19 pm
I used Omega 3 on my son after he was diagnosed with ADHD 4 years ago. It mellowed him enough to function at school (in a modified program) and it didn't change his personality. I'm big into not using chemicals - I can't believe using a drug for 10-20 years won't have some adverse effect eventually. The pediatrician I took him to never once pushed drugs, though. He diagnosed him and told me to research the hell out of the condition and make an informed decision...so I did. It wasn't always easy and it's not over yet, but I love that man-cub, just the way he is and didn't want his personality to change so Omega 3 was the way to go for us. Luckily, and oddly, enough, puberty did not make things worse, it actually improved things. Maturing helped - go figure.
 
 
 
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I'm a stay at home mom with a terrific husband and three sweet sons. I come from a big, crazy, loving family and am very close to my five sisters. Family is the best.
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I like to make anything. I like to bake and cook and I especially love making new (to me) ethnic foods and baking bread.
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My mom's chicken & rice soup with biscuits, Christmas baking, the "nothing but homemade" rule for family gatherings.
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I am a good baker. Not cakes and cookies type baking, but I do well with yeast breads and enjoy thinking up new bread recipes.
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We don't talk about those- it makes me cranky.
 
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