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Natural dietary means of treating Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should always be investigated as an alternative to prescription drugs says Efamol, leading researcher into essential fatty acid supplements. In the wake of recent publicity about a non-stimulant treatment for ADHD, Efamol’s Managing Director, Peter Clough, has emphasised the role of natural alternatives.

“The recent publicity about a new ADHD medicine is welcome news. Importantly, it raises awareness about the condition, which can only help parents and children understand more about this behavioural disorder. However, I would stress that there are natural alternatives to these synthetic treatments. ’’

‘’The brain, eye and central nervous system are dependant on an adequate supply of certain fatty acids to function normally and over the years there have been a number of studies that have specifically measured the effects of fatty acid based supplements in relieving the symptoms of ADHD. Concentration, anxiety and learning ability have all been shown to improve. The most recent* study from America at the end of last year showed that the DHA-rich fish oil supplement, Efalex, helped to relieve symptoms of ‘Oppositional Defiant Disorder’** in 75% of the children who were already taking prescription drugs for the condition.

“This trial along with other published studies shows that a natural remedy such as Efalex can be used to relieve symptoms of ADHD. At Efamol, we feel it is important for parents, healthcare professionals to be aware of all the available treatments in order to make an informed choice especially on treatments which offer a more natural remedy.”

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* Stevens L, Zhang W, Peck L, Kuczek T, Grevstad N, Mahon A, Zentall S S, Arnold L E, Burgess J R, EFA supplementation in children with inattention, hyperactivity, and other disruptive behaviours. Lipids 2003; 38: 1007-1021

** Oppositional Defiant Disorder is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behaviour toward authority figures that seriously interferes with the youngster’s day to day functioning

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