EPA: with its strong anti-inflammatory properties, this type of omega-3 protects and enhances nervous function
DHA: the omega-3 oil DHA makes cell membranes more fluid and flexible (which is important for cells to communicate with one another) and is important for brain development.
GLA: Derived from primrose oil, the omega-6 oil GLA contributes to reduce inflammation. And because DHA inhibits the body’s GLA production, EQUAZEN adds back GLA to ensure greatest effectiveness.
DOSAGE & RECOMMENDATIONS
FOR ALL CHILDREN STARTING AT 3 YEARS OF AGE AND ADOLESCENTS:
For every child, as well as children and adolescents with learning difficulties, reading and writing disorders, or ADHD, particularily ADD.
Take 6 softgels per day (at once, or divided in 3 for breakfast / 3 for dinner). The softgels can be swallowed, chewed or cut open to mix contents with food (the softgel shell can be discarded). Take with a meal to avoid reflux or stomach upset.
Take for a minimum of 3 months. Clinical studies with daily supplementation of EQUAZEN (6 softgels daily), demonstrated first improvements begin to appear at about 4-6 weeks. The full effect is typically observed later, between 8 to 12 weeks.
CAUTIONS & WARNINGS: Do not use if you are allergic to fish.
PURITY: Free from lactose, sucrose, gluten, wheat and yeast. Manufactured in the EU, under pharmaceutical control of purity and content. Not tested on animals.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON EQUAZEN
HOW DOES IT WORK?
EQUAZEN supplies the body with a balanced ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids: omega 3 and omega 6. Both are very important for healthy brain development by providing functional, structural and anti-inflammatory support for the cells of the nervous system. Since these nutrients break down quickly and cannot be stored in the body for long periods of time they have to be constantly replenished.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK?
When taking 6 softgels per day, effects may begin to appear as early as 4-6 weeks into the treatment. Full effects are reached after 3 months of supplementation and some children continue to improve even further after 6 to 12 months of treatment.
HAS EQUAZEN BEEN TESTED?
For the past 10 years, many clinical trials have proven EQUAZEN’s effectiveness to successfully improve concentration levels and ADHD scores in children and adolescents with ADHD. It also meets the highest quality standards according to both Canadian and European regulations. (See our website for further information about the studies)
HOW DOES EQUAZEN COMPARE TO MEDICATION?
While ADHD medication is fast acting, EQUAZEN needs to be taken for several weeks to establish effectiveness. Additionally, many of the side effects observed with ADHD medication such as loss of appetite, headaches and sleeplessness were absent with EQUAZEN. In one study, EQUAZEN was compared to Methylphenidate-based ADHD medication, where children showed almost the same reduction in ADHD scores (most notably in the inattentive children) when supplemented with EQUAZEN for several months, as compared to children who took MPH medication alone.
CAN I TAKE EQUAZEN WITH MEDICATION?
Yes. We recommend starting EQUAZEN supplementation while continuing medication. A recent study showed that adding EQUAZEN to a methylphenidate- based ADHD medication can help lower the dose of medication and potential side effects. Therefore, once you begin to feel improvements in learning abilities, attention or anxiousness (optimally after 3 months of taking EQUAZEN), consult your doctor to gradually lower the dose of medication. It is important to change only one factor at a time. EQUAZEN alone or combined with methylphenidate (MPH) significantly decreases ADHD symptoms.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
EQUAZEN contains EPA, DHA and GLA in the unique 9:3:1 ratio, which has proven successful in many clinical trials compared to other fish oil formulas. In fact, EQUAZEN is the first supplement, which was compared to ADHD medication. It reduced ADHD symptoms, similar to the effects of medication, especially in the children with the inattentive type. EQUAZEN significantly improves concentration levels in children and adolescents with ADHD, and reduces other symptoms such as inattention and learning difficulties, and significantly improves writing and spelling abilities.