Lopez-Vicente, M. et al. (2019)
Journal of Pediatrics

In previous controlled trials, we’ve found that prenatal DHA supplementation (an omega-3 fatty acid) improves attention at age 5. Now, we have another paper on our hands which has found that each unit increase in omega-6:omega-3 ratio from umbilical cord plasma was linked to a 13% higher risk of ADHD symptoms at 7 years of age. Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acid pills (commonly sourced from fish oils) is one of the most effective methods for decreasing your omega 6-3 ratio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to this new research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), the risk of a child developing symptoms of ADHD may be modulated by the mother’s diet during pregnancy. Their statistical analysis found that a higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratio was associated with ADHD symptoms by age 7. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To boil this study’s message to a single takeaway, we can suggest, based on this evidence, that your child is more likely to benefit from a superior attention span if you stop eating foods high in omega-6 fatty acids (i.e., chips, fries, commercial baked goods) and get more omega-3s in your prenatal diet through supplementation or the consumption of coldwater fish, nuts, and seeds