ADHD comes with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid deficiencies.
But upping your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may have little effect on your ADHD symptoms. What gives? Recent research reveals that it’s all about the ratio.
ADHD means low levels of both but overall higher levels of omega-6 to omega-3.
So now you may say, well, I just need to increase my omega-3 levels, right? Oh, how I wish it were so simple. Researchers have tried this with only some success. A supplement heavier on the omega-3 than omega-6 side may be better, as indicated by a study that found benefit from giving participants an omega-3/6 supplement containing mostly EPA and DHA (omega-3), with only 60mg of LA (omega-6).
Still, it seems you’re best off knowing your ratio. And then knowing how much omega-3 (EPA and DHA, specifically) and omega-6 (LA or AA, specifically) you need to optimize it.