Help For Kids Who Want To Read

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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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