Should You Be Taking DHA Supplements to Help Your ADHD?

Many people with attention issues such as ADHD come to our clinic to seek pharmacological therapy. However, introducing DHA supplements in your treatment is often a good choice for many patients.

DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid found mainly in fish oil. It has various functions and is a raw material for cell membranes. Many people are deficient in DHA, a nutrient we should regularly consume.

DHA can improve learning and memory and has been positively evaluated as a supplement to increase attention span. The underlying theory is that DHA affects areas of the brain associated with paying attention, learning, and memory. (1)

Interestingly our brains take up DHA in preference to other fatty acids, and the turnover of DHA in the brain is swift. (2)

Because having enough DHA is critical for maintaining normal brain function, adding DHA as a supplement may also improve your learning ability. In contrast, it is common to find that those with learning deficits are also deficient in DHA.

In addition to a healthy diet, you should consider what type of DHA supplement you choose. You want one that can easily be absorbed and is considered highly bioavailable. 

Often the bioavailability of a supplement can be increased by being micellized, a process that shrinks it to a small or particle-like size. At our clinic, we recommend Miceillized ultra DHA which is more efficient than typical DHA supplements because the micellization process allows for better absorption by the body. 

We often advise patients with attention issues to consider Miceillized ultra DHA in addition to pharmacological therapy. We also recommend it for those who are sedentary or whose work environment restricts movement.

When you visit our clinic, ask Dr. Hayakawa if Miceillized ultra DHA is a good choice for your mental and physical health issues.

You can get ultra DHA and other medical-grade supplements directly from the clinic or online.


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(1) Königs A, Kiliaan AJ. Critical appraisal of omega-3 fatty acids in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2016 Jul 26;12:1869-82. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S68652. PMID: 27555775; PMCID: PMC4968854.

(2) Horrocks LA, Yeo YK. Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Pharmacol Res. 1999 Sep;40(3):211-25. doi: 10.1006/phrs.1999.0495. PMID: 10479465.