Amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Autism

January 29, 2008 at 10:24 pm 1 comment

Suresh had a question regarding amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids – here is my response: 

While I cannot make any specific recommendations for your child, I will tell you some of the resources I utilized in helping my son in his path toward healing autism. 

In her book, Children with Starving Brains, Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D. states that fish oil supplements are recommended for all children.  She suggests 500-1000 mg EPA per day and 250-500 mg of DHA a day.  Also, for children who need it, Dr. McCandless recommends 50-100 mg per day of GLA.  (p.123)

Writings published by the Autism Research Institute state that children with ASD are helped with amounts of omega-3 fatty acids ranging from 20 to 60 mg per kilogram of body weight.  So, for a 25 kg (55 lb) child, this would be 500 to 1500 mg per day of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Of course, each child is unique.  Before starting any supplementation program, I do highly recommend consulting with a medical doctor and a certified nutritionist who can adequately address your child’s specialized nutritional needs. 

Another important fact is to ensure that the omega-3 fatty acids are produced in a manufacturing facility that utilizes stringent independent and in-house laboratories to test the raw materials at critical points in the manufacturing process.  If the purest ingredients are not utilized, some omega-3 fatty acids may contain lead, cadmium, mercury or arsenic.

For more information on Omega-3 fatty acids in autism, please see my post “Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Feeding the Brain” 


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  • 1. june  |  October 1, 2008 at 10:35 am

    i am doing a project on omega3 fatty acids and want to test and observe if claims about omega fatyt3 acids are in eggs as they say they do. I was wondering if there were any experiments you could use to test this at home. THank you


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