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Anyone use Vayarin omega supplement?


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My son is taking it to help with ADHD. We're not quite a week into it at full dose, with the first two weeks at 1/2 dose because that's the way the doctor wrote the prescription, so too soon to see if it helps. My husband is convinced but I think he's just hopeful and perhaps easily placebo influenced ( :p ) and I won't yet say improvements aren't just chance. It's mostly phosphatidylserine. There is actually very little DHA/EPA in it. I think they told me it takes 1-2 months. I'll have to go back and look at the company email.

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How much should a child take? It doesn't look like you need a prescription for it, right?

I had to have a prescription for the Vayarin. You could try phosphatidylserine without a prescription. If this stuff works, imo, it's that ingredient. There is just almost nothing else.

His bottle says:

Phosphatidylserine (PS) ................................................. 75 mg

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) ...................................... 21.5 mg

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ........................................ 8.5 mg

The recommended dose is 2 capsules a day. So that's 150 mg. of phosphatidylserine. They do emphasize the interaction between the EPA/DHA and Phosphatidlyserine. I just don't, personally, see how such a small amount could make any difference. But maybe it does interact somehow.


This link recommends a bit more for ADHD anyway. .

Remarkably, one study found that almost 90 percent of subjects administered 200 to 300 mg of phosphatidylserine daily experienced improvement in ADHD symptoms.
Drs. Balch and Stengler recommend a dosage of 300 to 500 mg daily for three months, followed by a maintenance dosage of 100 to 300 mg. This dosage is consistent with study dosages. Phosphatidylserine is generally considered safe when taken in the suggested doses, with mild side effects rarely reported.

That makes me want to buy some to bump him up a bit! I probably won't though. I'm really hoping this helps my son.

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Yes, I've been wondering about why there is so little EPA/DHA in it. I wish I would have realized this when I was with the neurologist and asked him.


There is a difference between taking Vayarin and taking Omega3 and Phosphatidylserine separately. In Vayarin the Omegas and Phosphatidylserine are bonded together in one molecule. From what I understand this is what helps transport the Omegas directly to the brain. If you take them separately they remain different molecules. This is what separates Vayarin from a supplement....we can't get Vayarin from eating food.


This chemical bonding is one reason I can think of that might justify having less Omegas. When you take just a regular Omega supplement it gets transported all over the body....some can go to the heart and else where with just a portion going to the brain. Maybe since this goes directly to the brain less Omega is needed??? I have no data to back this....it is just a thought that I've been pondering.

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