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Research Insight: Fish Oil in Australian Autism Study

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 3.27.18 pmHigh-dose fish oil supplements are being used in an Australian trial at the Telethon Kids Institute, to investigate any benefits to children who suffer an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The trial comes after Singapore researchers studied a total of 41 children and adolescents aged 7-18 years (36 boys, 5 girls; mean age = 11.66) diagnosed with ASD. The open-label trial was to examine the efficacy and safety of a 12-week omega-3 fatty acids supplementation among children suffering with ASD.

At post-treatment, participants showed significant improvements on all subscales of the Social Responsiveness Scale (P<0.01) and the Social and Attention Problems syndrome scales of the Child Behavior Checklist (P<0.05).

Blood fatty acid levels were significantly correlated with changes in the core symptoms of ASD. Baseline levels of blood fatty acid levels were also predictive of response to the omega-3 treatment. Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation was well-tolerated and did not cause any serious side effects.

The findings lend some preliminary support for the use of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation
in addressing ASD. Authors concluded that future randomised controlled trials of omega-3 fatty acids in ASD with blood fatty acid measurements with a larger sample and longer follow-up period is warranted.

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  • carol fossett says:

    Read the wonderful book by Dr Campbell McBride—Gut and Psychology Syndrome. A great understanding about Autism and ADHD.


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