A new study 1 into Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children has highlighted that a specific omega-3 and 6 supplement – Equazen eye q – can help reduce symptoms. Equazen eye q, when taken in combination with ADHD medication can also reduce the dosage of medication required so reducing the side effects.1
ADHD is a common and impairing behavioural condition affecting five to seven per cent of school-aged children with a higher prevalence in boys than girls (4:1). 2,3,4 Around 80 per cent of children diagnosed with ADHD experience symptoms during adolescence and 67 per cent still have symptoms into adulthood.2,3
This condition affects parts of the brain which control attention, impulses and concentration and is characterised by three main types of ADHD traits. These include: the hyperactive-impulsive subtype, inattentive subtype, and the most common, which is the combined subtype with sufferers displaying the majority of ADHD symptoms.
Commenting on this new study Dr Carrie Ruxton, an independent dietitian notes: “This latest study investigated the effectiveness and safety of the Equazen eye q formulation on ADHD either alone or in combination with ADHD medication. The study1 evaluated 90 children (6-12 years) who were recently diagnosed with ADHD of all subtypes – the combined treatment of MPH and Equazen eye q resulted in needing a lower dose of MPH to reduce their ADHD symptoms.”
“The side-effects sometimes experienced with MPH – insomnia, tremors, tics, palpitations and hyporexia (loss of appetite) – were also significantly reduced.”
Commenting on the research further, Dr Eduardo Barragán who was the lead study author, and paediatric neurologist at the Hospital Infantil de México notes: “The data results suggest that nutritional supplementation with the specific combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – Equazen eye q – used in this study is an effective, well-tolerated option for children with ADHD when used alone. In addition, while results with stimulant medication tend to be seen very quickly, it is important to ensure dietary intervention with the Equazen eye q capsules is given for the appropriate amount of time for effects to be seen. Improvements were seen at four to six weeks with the full effect observed between eight to 12 weeks and lasting for the duration of the trial.”
In summary, Dr Carrie Ruxton notes: “The benefits of this specific omega-3 and omega-6 supplement in enabling the use of a lower dose of MPH while reducing the side effects of MPH is really good news.”
“Given the findings were based solely on the specific Equazen eye q formulation this latest research data should not be translated to other omega-3 and omega-6 preparations.”
Further studies are now required and parents should always speak to their family doctor before giving supplements to their child with ADHD, particularly if medication is being prescribed.
Equazen eye q is sold throughout pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores nationwide – for more information visit www.equazen.co.uk.
- Barragan Perez EJ, Dieter Breuer, Manfred Döpfner. Efficacy and Safety of Omega-3/6 Fatty Acids, Methylphenidate, and a Combined Treatment in Children With ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. Prepublished January 24, 2014, doi: 1087054713518239. http://jad.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/01/24/1087054713518239.abstract
- 2: Green C and Chee K. Understanding ADHD – A Parent’s Guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children.
- Vermillion Publishing 1997. ISBN 0 009 181700 5