Fish Oil Boosts Reading

Food For the Brain recently sent an e-news article reporting research on using omega 3 with children:

Omega-3 improves reading in 'normal' children



In this double-blind randomised controlled trial, 362 Oxfordshire children aged 7-9 years old, who were identified as underperforming at reading but were attending mainstream primary schools, were given either a capsule of omega-3 fatty acid DHA (600mg) or a placebo. At the end of the 16-week study, improvements were seen in reading amongst the poorest readers and improvements were also noted in ADHD-type symptoms.



Our comment: Many studies have found that omega-3 oils have shown benefits in children with ADHD and autism. This study saw improvements in 'normal' children who had no diagnosed conditions but were simply struggling with reading, suggesting that there might be benefits for 'normal' but underperforming children from supplementing fish oil or increasing intake of oily fish. 



The health of children can be supported nutritionally in a number of ways, and ensuring that they recieve adequate omega 3 is a good start. Capsules can be helpful, but regularly including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines in the diet, along with unroasted and unsalted nuts and seeds, will provide some of this valuable essential fatty acid and also help children get used to eating nutritious foods.


Do contact me if you would like to discuss how to best encourage your child's health and mental outlook.