Resent research from Boston University School of Public Health in Massachusetts.suggests that prenatal and early exposure to mercury, especially in fish, can contribute to ADHD in children and adults. Pregnant women need to be especially careful because eating fish that contain even low levels of mercury can increase the risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring according to the study. Not all fish have high levels of mercury, and another question to pose researchers is what about in breast milk after the child been born. Does this contribute as well?
The FDA provides three recommendations for young children, pregnant women, and women of child-bearing age:
- Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because they might contain high levels of mercury.
- Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Five of the most commonly eaten fish and shellfish that are low in mercury are: shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Another commonly eaten fish, albacore or big eye (“white”) tuna depending on its origin might have more mercury than canned light tuna. So, when choosing your two meals of fish and shellfish, it is recommended that you should not eat more than up to 6 ounces (one average meal) of albacore tuna per week.
- Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but consume no other fish during that week.
The Above information can be attributed to the Amen Clinic, please look at their findings here: http://www.amenclinics.com/?p=6323&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=204&inf_contact_key=972d5fe3c31939d750f71f4b0b4312828404e3d22caad471f5dc01da1dc35b29
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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