FastBraiin recently asked Dr. Andy Farrah — who is part of the faculty at High Point University, Chief of Psychiatry at the High Point Division of UNC Healthcare, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association — about Omega-3’s and ADHD. As an expert on ADD and ADHD treatment, Dr. Farrah has tremendous expertise and is a great authority in the field.
We asked Dr. Farrah, “What are the top reasons a child should take Omega-3’s for ADD?”
1. Risks of stimulants:
The stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta) are commonly prescribed for ADD and effective for many children, yet the side effects, when they occur, are serious. They include tics, hallucinations, and irritability. Why not prescribe the safest option FIRST? When I prescribe Fastbraiin DHA/PS – it usually works, and if not a full response (about 10% of the time) it lowers the requirement of the stimulant dose.
2. Brain development:
At least 60% of our brain mass is omega-three form lipids. They make up the very walls of all brain cells. The building blocks for neurodevelopment include omega-three’s. Practically, this means that taking Omega-3’s for ADD is a proven way to help the brain develop.
3. They Work:
Omega-3’s, and particularly DHA, when taken daily can have a great effect on memory and concentration for ADD kids. This isn’t an on-off action of stimulants, but Omega-3’s for ADD provide an ongoing improvement in attention and concentration.
4. Lack of Rebound Effect:
When an ADD patient stops a stimulant, their brain suffers a rebound of worsening symptoms because it was used to the stimulant. This can make patients even further dependent on the stimulant. With omega-three’s, no such problems occur. If a child misses one or two doses, there will be no change in effects.
Treating ADD with stimulants can be rather expensive. The Omega-3’s for ADD product we recommend is about $25 a month. Similar prescription based omega threes are about $55/month. I recommend FastBraiin Omega three’s DHA/PS for our ADD patients, both adults and children, as a highly cost-effective solution.