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Fish Oil Supplements

Fish Oil Supplements

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Published by Vicki Zerbee
http://antiagingbydesign.com/who-should-take-fish-oil Who Should Take Fish Oil. Why You Should Supplement Your Diet With Fish Oil.
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 Dealing with ADHD is a challenge for the best of parents and overwhelming for a child. The impacton a family, a school and a community cannot be overestimated in time, stress and expense. Thechild is the most damaged, because he cannot comprehend his situation. Attention deficithyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can devastate the life of a child and continue its devastating effectsinto adulthood. The disorder has serious social and health implications as well depending on thetreatment provided. This threat to both the health of individuals and society has focused muchpsychiatric research on this one disorder. As a result, there is good professional capacity to treatthe disorder and significantly reduce its consequences for those affected. Numerous studies haveindicated that fish oils can benefit ADHD patients and give them more control over their lives. Thisessay will explain the impact of ADHD, the treatment regimes that are commonly used and theimprovements in medications, especially the use of fish oils. The impact of fish oil supplementshas been a major important in social, economic, and quality of life by all measures.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ADHD is a condition that inhibits focus and concentration for even the slightest mental activity.Children are especially sensitive to the disorder because it effects their development and learning.Inability to focus greatly retards learning. The lack of focus means that distraction is alwayspresent, even for adults. Distraction leads to impulsive behavior which in turn creates additionalproblems especially in a school environment. Hyperactivity can also be a factor. The combinationof all these traits in one person complicates that person's ability to learn and socialize. As theindividual ages, ADHD characteristics can manifest in normal developmental challenges that comewith puberty and adult relationships. ADHD in effect becomes even more difficult to diagnose aswell as treat. For all these reasons ADHD has received considerable attention in the psychiatriccommunity for a number of years resulting in effective courses of treatments. Treatments regimesare normally a combination of medication and psychotherapy that vary with each individual.Treatment often depends on other issues that may complicate diagnosis and influence the choiceof therapies and medications. Common conditions that include alongside ADHD are learning disabilities, oppositional defiantdisorder, and conduct disorder. Learning disabilities come from imperfect understanding orimperfect reception of information that creates learning obstacles by affecting understanding. Achild will comprehend something incorrectly and then apply that lesson in the learning process.This corruption degrades proper education by undermining learning. Many ADHD patientsdemonstrate high intelligence, but their ability to properly process information works against thisinherent intelligence. Teachers not trained to deal with these issues cannot identify ADHD soonenough or react to it well enough to mitigate damage and maintain order in the classroom. Oppositional defiance disorder is manifest with stubbornness and defiance even with adults.Patients exhibit a great deal of resistance to authority when it goes against their desires. Thiscreates disciplinary situations in school and at home that put the recipient in jeopardy of attendingschool or other personal activities. In adults, this constant source of friction affects employmentstability. Conduct disorder includes acting out, lying, stealing or bullying. The obvious affront to the rules oforder, place these patients in direct confrontation with rules as well as the law and in oppositionwith the best interests of other students or individuals. Expulsion from school is a common remedy
when school authorities have exhausted other options to maintain the balance of a single student'sinterests and the rest of the student body. This negative impact alone has tremendous socialimplications in later life. Any of these conditions that are carried into adulthood create serious relationship issues thataffect both family life and employment. The inability to learn coupled with erratic, impulsivebehavior and a lack of concentration causes accidents and poor performance that makes keepinga job difficult. Personal relationships suffer from an apparent inability to balance responsibilities.Marriages often fail and parenting also suffers and perhaps propagates the issues into anothergeneration. Further serious, accompanying disorders can include depression and other bipolardisorders with obvious serious implications, and even Tourette syndrome. Some of thesedisorders come from the stress and mental inadequacies of the disorder. Others come from thetreatments themselves, especially the medications. ADHD comes in three major classes: predominantly hyperactive- impulsive, predominantlyinattentive, and a combination of the other two. The hyperactive-impulsive type is most disruptiveto a class of students or even within the home. The ADHD patient becomes the object of attentionwhich disrupts the good order required in a functional situation. The inattentive class is lessdangerous to the social fabric, but more dangerous to the individual who does not draw attentionto himself and may well be overlooked. The combination is most devastating because theindividual multiplies his challenges at least twofold. The diagnosis of the extent of the disorder isan important factor in treating the disorder. The personal, social, and psychological characteristics of the individual involved is vitally importantin determining the particular treatment provided which underlines the requirements that treatmentbe constantly and consistently monitored by a physician. ADHD can be caused by physical,environmental and social factors that are different in every case. Medications are a major part ofmost treatment regimes. Currently in the United States there are more than 17 approved drugsand medications for use with ADHD cases. The strength and effects must be considered on anindividual basis. Most of the medications are stimulants such as the familiar Ritalin. In some casesanti-depressants, especially in adults, are required to lessen the impact of the disorder. Needlessto say, the use of these medications can have inconvenient side effects. The more common side effects of current medications include loss of appetite, loss of sleep, andmore rarely, tics or repetitive movements that appear suddenly as sounds or movements. Moreserious side effects include a lack of emotion and even hallucinations and suicide. ADHD is amental issue. The brain is the center of attention in any treatment regime which explains the widerange of symptoms and complications. Impact of Fish Oil on ADHD ADHD has been linked to a number of social ills including academic failure, school exclusion,truancy and drug abuse, dysfunctional family relationships, and crime. In many of these cases thedevelopment of treatments has seen progress in psychotherapy and medications. One the mostsignificant developments has been the use of nutritional options or supplements in normaltreatment regimes. One of the most effective supplements is fish oil, specifically, omega 3 fattyacids. 
Numerous school studies have indicated that regular doses of fish oil enhance concentration,lowers hyperactivity, and improves learning. One significant test in England resulted in the 66%reduction of severe ADHD and impulsive behavior along with a 72% reduction in attentiondisorders. Not only did test scores improve but the intervention opened a door to preventingdisciplinary expulsions and exclusions for many students. This is a particularly sensitive issue inthe United Kingdom that has experienced a 19% increase in expulsions in the last few years.In another test, teenagers in another United Kingdom district demonstrated a 7% improvement intest scores of behaviorally challenged students after only 12 weeks of treatment with fish oils.Improvements in reading tests were especially pronounced. Girls were even more affected by thetreatment than boys.In studies of prison populations, violent behavior was significantly reduced. In Singapore, use offish oil reduced violent behavior in the prison population by 33%. These studies indicated thatmore research should be made to determine the true causes of the effectiveness and the effectsof the fish oil on treatment regimes and the use of other less natural medications. The Magic of Fish Oil Fish oil contains two fatty acids that are essential to brain development. In short, the absence orshortage of these two acids does not allow the brain to function properly. The standard Americandiet does not include adequate amounts of these acids. This may well account for the increasingincidence of ADHD in the population. These two omega 3 acids are a part of a group of long chainacids that are distinguished from short chain omega 3 acids found sources other than fish. Thedistinction must be explained in terms of human metabolism. Fatty acids are biochemically important to metabolism and health in critical functions of the body.The body uses the nutrients in our food to produce the various building blocks that make us whowe are. Metabolism requires certain substances to react in certain pathways and create chemicalsystems that help run our bodily functions. The brain is critical in many of these tasks especiallythe mental components dealing with intelligence, emotion and control. Sometime the body runsout of materials. This is the case with ADHD. The two acids, DHA (ducosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are very importantfor the proper function of the heart, nervous system, kidney, liver, and brain. DHA is especiallyimportant as a constituent of cell membranes in the brain. In ADHD patients, the density of the cellmembranes and the brain in areas controlling attention are especially less than normal brains. Thelong chain fatty acids DHA and EPA provide the substance materials for these critical areas.Providing them directly is the easier and natural process. However, diet sometime shorts theprocess. Short chain omega 3 acids available in non-fish sources can be converted to DHA andEPA but this is an additional and statistically inefficient biochemical process. It is much simpler foran individual to supplement his diet through the direct inclusion of fish in the diet or omega 3 fishoil supplements. Increased consumption of fish is good, but complicated. Certain fish are better sources of DHAand EPA than others which may limit the direct dietary approach. Some fish have little of theseacids in their oils at all. Fresh fish are also more likely to be contaminated with heavy metals.These impurities are health hazards in themselves and will negate the positive impact of theincreased fish oil. The best options for adequate concentrations of fish oil are found insupplements.

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