After six weeks of use, researchers have found improved sleep, cognition, social interaction, and eye contact in autistic patients given omega-3 supplements. It is also thought that omega-3 might help reduce cardiac issues in autistic patients on antipsychotic drugs. Omega-3 is essential for proper cellular function and enhances brain cell membranes and promotes the growth of neurons in the brain. While it is a safe supplement to take, there are possible side effects such as nausea, nose bleeds, and a fishy-smelling burp. A 3g dose is considered to be safe for adults, but doctors should be consulted on the proper dosage for children.
One of the most well-known natural food sources of omega-3 is fish, particularly salmon, cod, and sardines. Buy wild fish because farm-raised fish usually have high levels of omega-6. Other food sources include flaxseed, walnuts, and some dark, leafy vegetables.