Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our overall health. Many adults take omega-3 supplements, but now a new study indicates how important they are for children as well.
Researchers at the University of Oxford gave either 600mg of DHA omega-3 or a placebo for 16 weeks to children between the ages of 7 and 9 years old. Before and after the study the children were given reading tests. For the children who scored in the bottom 20% before the study, their scores significantly improved after the study. Parents of those same children rated their ADHD-type symptoms as significantly improved.
DHA omega-3 is the primary fat found in the brain. Most diets are very low omega-3 fats which makes supplementing that much more important.
PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e43909. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043909. Epub 2012 Sep 6
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