Omega 3 is More Important for Your ADHD than You Think

This week’s tip is a sneak peek into my acclaimed book, “Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD.”

This tip, about the importance of taking Omega 3, is the first recommendation I make in the book, because it’s the easiest action you can take to help your ADHD with the biggest returns.

Omega 3 is more important for your ADHD than you think

Essential fatty acids are aptly named “essential” as they are essential for our health. Despite being so important, our bodies cannot produce this fat, so we need to make a conscious effort to consume it, both by the food we eat and by taking supplements.

The main categories of essential fats are Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Omega 3

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) are all members of the group of fatty acids known as Omega 3.

Studies show that DHA and EPA are very helpful as they improve attention, learning, memory and behavioral problems connected with ADHD as well as helping with co-morbidities (diseases or conditions that coexist with a primary disease or condition, but also stand on their own as specific diseases) such as anxiety, aggression, and depression.

Omega 6

If you are eating a typical western diet you don’t need to worry about getting enough Omega 6.  In fact, you might be getting too much. The ratio between the Omega 6 and Omega 3 you consume is vital in order to experience the benefits for your adult ADHD.  100 years ago the ratio between the two fats in the average person’s diet were 1:1, now our average ratio is around 20:1, weighted towards Omega 6.

—> Did you know that Marcia and I are holding a competition every month to win your very own copy of my “Untapped Brilliance” book?  You can enter as many times as you like, all you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on iTunes about how much you like our Monday Working with ADHD calls! Then, email us to let us know you left a comment so we can put your name in the drawing. Email jacqueline@untappedbrilliance dot com.

(Either click on this link to be taken to our page outside of iTunes, then click on “View in iTunes,” or go to iTunes on your computer and search for Marcia Hoeck, Jacqueline Sinfield, or “Business Brilliance” to leave a comment.)

Your homework for this week

1) Eat food that are rich in Omega 3, for example:

cold water fish, like salmon, tuna, mackerel, rainbow trout
walnuts
flaxseed
dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale

2) Take an Omega 3 supplement that has DHA and EPA in it
Even by eating a Omega 3 rich diet, it is still a good idea to take a supplement. Not only will you notice your ADHD symptoms improve, you will also notice an improvement in your mood.

3) Remember, when you look after yourself and your ADHD, you are also helping your business.

4) Write a review for us on iTunes then send us an email to tell us.
It doesn’t need to be long. Then we will enter you into our monthly drawing to win a copy of, “Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD.”

5) If you currently take Omega 3, leave a comment below and let us know how it is helping you.

Bon appetit!

Jacqui

 

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