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News2016September › Fish oils help improve children’s reading skills › September 2016

Fish oils help improve children’s reading skills
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

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Fish oil supplements help children read better in school. The supplements are especially effective for children with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactive disorder), new research has discovered.

Children started showing big improvements in their reading skills and vocabulary after just three months of taking supplements that contained omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden gave a group of 154 schoolchildren, who were nine or 10 years of age, the supplements or identical capsules that contained ‘dummy’ oil, for three months.

At the end of the trial period, the reading skills of the children given the real supplements had improved dramatically compared to those given the dummy capsules, the researchers said. They were able to read quicker and could say out loud

a nonsense word. Children who had a mild form of ADHD showed even greater improvement.


References

(Source: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2016; doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12614)

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