Omega-3 May Help Alleviate the Symptoms of Autism

Some theories on the causes of autism focus on the levels of omega-3 that a person has and the idea that autistic patients have either an omega-3 deficiency or have too much omega-6 in relation to omega-3. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 1:1, but American diets are estimated to have between 20:1 and 50:1. This problem is thought to possibly cause or exacerbate autism symptoms. It is sometimes recommended to try omega-3 supplements, such as fish oil, to combat some of the symptoms of autism.

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.


  1. eli says

    Please explain how many meals of salmon fish or others contain omega 3, need to be given to autistic children. And also i need to know how to make them take the supplement since it smell and taste so fishy. Is there any brand which is flavored for kids?

  2. chun says

    Hi Kim, the knowledge about Chia seeds is still new and there is not direct research with autism yet. Chia is considered a ‘super food’ being a complete food containing 19 amino acids, high Omegas-3 and minerals content, and a soluble fiber. All of these are very useful for helping the autistic child. Much of the research is done on these nutrients and autism.

  3. chun says

    Hi Eli, instead of copying and pasting I attached here a link about getting your omegas-3 from food sources. Ideally, for therapeutic effects we need much higher Omegas-3 in the DHA format than the EPA. Nordic produces sweet smell and tasty omegas. I heard they can send you samples before you buy.

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