Fatty Acid Supplementation Improves Mental Tasks and Behavior in Children

According to a recent study, fatty acid supplementation improves reading, spelling, and behavior in children. In a study published in the May 3, 2005, issue of the journal Pediatrics, 117 children with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), which affects approximately five percent of children, were supplemented with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for three months. The diagnosis of DCD includes symptoms of delayed motor coordination, poor attention and behavior, and overlaps with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorders. After three months of treatment (an 80:20 mix of fish oil and evening primrose oil), significant improvements were noted in spelling, reading, and behavior in the kids on fatty acid supplementation, compared to a placebo group taking olive oil.

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