Autism And Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) share multiple risk factors, most of which can be tied to omega-3 fatty acid metabolism and supplies of the end product, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for the developing brain. There has also been a significant rise in prevalence in both disorders in recent decades . The following discussion addresses the potential role of DHA deficits in the etiology of autism and ADHD as well as the potential for prevention through improved diet and/or supplements to mothers and babies at higher risk.
Field SS (2014) Nutritional Factors in Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. J Nutr Disorders Ther 4:144.
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