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Missing in Action: Omega-3

Most children consume too much omega-6, which is found in soybean oil, and is an ingredient in many processed foods. But they don’t get enough omega-3, a fatty acid found in foods generally consumed less frequently, such as flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, grass-fed beef and soybeans (though not soybean oil). 

Omega-3 has been found to reduce aggression, violence, depression and bipolar disorder. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association recommends at least 1 gram of omega-3 daily for all psychiatric patients. The PNRC suggests that families of children taking psychotropic drugs should mention this important finding to their child’s medical team, and schools may want to share the information with families: