Taking an Omega 3 supplement is a foundational part to treating your ADHD. However, if you are allergic to fish or a vegetarian, don’t rule this vital step out.
The answer isn’t to eat more flaxseeds!
There are 3 types of Omega 3 fatty acids
- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
- Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA)
ALA, is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid and so, people who can’t eat fish usually think it’s the best option for them. ALA is found in flaxseeds (and related products) hemp seeds, walnuts, chia seeds and soy products. However, while ALA does have some health benefits, it is no match for the super powers that DHA and EPA provide for your ADHD brain. They positively affect your attention, learning, memory, anxiety and depression.
ALA is converted to EPA, which in turn, is converted to DHA; which is why some flaxseed supplement companies promote their products as an alternative to fish oil. However, our bodies aren’t very good at doing this conversion. Women can turn about 10% of ALA into DHA; it’s less for men. This doesn’t provide our bodies with enough DHA.
The answer is to start taking a DHA supplement made of algae. They are easy to find at your local health food store or pharmacy. The microscopic algae is (usually) grown in fish-free tanks. However, check the labels carefully.
The connection between fish and DHA is that fish eat the microscopic algae. When humans eat the fish, they get the benefits of the algae. However, you can go straight to the source and just get the goodness of the algae.
This week head to your local health food store or pharmacy and pick up a DHA supplement made of algae