Kids with learning difficulties may well benefit from Omega 3 supplementation daily
There seems to be a dramatic rise in the number of conditions affecting young children nowadays. Only last night we watched a documentary on the use, or overuse, of Ritalin amongst the young.
Whether it’s autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or any one of a number of other conditions that would seem to affect young children, they all seem to be on the rise.
Could this be because of the fact that so many of us, and our children, get too little of the essential fatty acids called the Omega3 fats in our diets?
Well of course it’s extremely simplistic to ascribe one simple cause to any of these conditions, however the results of research do tend to suggest that more Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet may well help improve these conditions, including ADHD.
A study reported on the website of the BBC examined the use of the Omega3 fats on children from 12 schools in a town in England. Over 100 children were given Omega 3 fish oil supplements with their meals for a period of 6 months.
Each of the children selected to the study were selected because they were achieving below the expected range at school but had normal ability. During the study each of the children was subjected to a range of tests to measure their concentration and academic ability as well as other matters such as their coordination.
The study was undertaken by a research fellow at the University of Oxford and an educational psychologist. Results have shown an improvement in the performance at school of the children given the Omega 3 supplements, though this did not apply to every single student.
So why would an increase in the amount of Omega 3 fats in the diet of these children with some form of learning problem improve the outcome for some of them? It is considered that the most logical reason is that the Omega3 fats, which are prevalent in the brain, particularly DHA, help allow the electrical signals in the brain to flow between the cells better.
It is considered that more DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) in the brain makes see cell membranes more elastic which allows these signals to pass through more easily.
Of course this does not mean that any children with any of these conditions, including ADHD, can be cured simply by adding high quality Omega 3 supplements to their diet. This also is unlikely and simplistic.
However it does suggest that it is a matter well worth considering for parents of children such as these, both because of the possibility that there performances may improve as well as because there are a wide range of other health benefits which are attracted from Omega 3 supplementation.
Of course any parent of a child with some form of learning difficulty should consult the appropriate professionals, however any strategy to help improve the performance of such children may well be better advanced by the use of regular daily Omega 3 supplements. Read the rest of this entryWritten by - Omega 3 Fish Oil