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Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review

by Bent, S., Bertoglio K., and Hendren RL in J Autism Dev Disorder, Volume 39, Issue 8, p. 1145-1154, (2009).


Article summary (posted Apr 6, 2010):

Source: http://autism.healingthresholds.com


Research:

There is currently not enough scientific evidence to determine if omega-3 fatty acids are safe and effective as a treatment for autism.

Omega-3 fatty acids are often used as a treatment for autism. This article reviews all published studies on the treatment effects of omega-3 fatty acids in children with autism. While there are no concrete studies that show that omega-3 fatty acids help with autism, the supplement appears to be safe. The studies that have been done so far raise hope that omega -3 fatty acids may help with autism and these studies should be followed with more research. The authors suggest that patients discuss the use of omega-3 fatty acids with their doctors before starting to use them.

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