Journal article

Omega-3 fatty acids supplementation for autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Stephen James, Paul Montgomery, Katrina Williams

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that impairments associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be partially explained by deficits of omega-3 fatty acids, and that supplementation of these essential fatty acids may lead to improvement of symptoms. OBJECTIVES: To review the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for improving core features of ASD (for example, social interaction, communication, and stereotypies) and associated symptoms. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases on 2 June 2010: CENTRAL (2010, Issue 2), MEDLINE (1950 to May Week 3 2010), EMBASE (1980 to 2010 Week 21), PsycINFO (1806 to current), BIOSIS (1985 to current), CINAHL (1982 to current), Science Citation Inde..

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