Daily dose of Fish oils helps hyperactive kids


Parents should give their children a daily dose of fish oils if they want to boost their brain power and stop them being naughty Experts claims. A new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that supplementation with 1,000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids daily, significantly improved antisocial and aggressive behavior in children between the ages of eight and sixteen.
This advice is highly premature. The news follows research into supplements containing DHA, which is the omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, seafood and algae. The trial looked at the effects of DHA on reading, memory and behaviour in children.
In the study, children aged seven to nine who were under performing in reading were given either DHA supplements or a placebo (dummy pill) for 16 weeks.
The researchers actually found that, overall, DHA had no beneficial effect on reading ability, Science news reported.
In a restricted analysis on a group of the children who had the poorest initial reading ability, those who were given DHA showed a small improvement compared with those given placebo.
DHA had no effect on memory or behaviour as rated by teachers, though it did improve some aspects of behaviour rated by parents. This was a well-conducted study that had many strengths in its study design, but that only achieved very modest results in terms of improving reading ability.
If you are worried about your child’s reading ability, spending time reading with them will achieve better results than giving them any kind of food supplement.
Fish oil supplements are popular in the UK and have been extensively studied. They do have some well-documented benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart attacks in people with a history of them. But previous reviews of conducted studies have not found strong evidence for an effect on “brain power or behaviour” in adults or children.
As the researchers say, most previous trials of omega-3 in children have involved children with conduct or behavioral disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
They were researching whether omega-3 may be beneficial for children with no behavioral disorder but who were under performing with their reading compared with their peers. Fish oil supplements should not be confused with cod liver oil supplements which, when taken at the high doses needed to help with dyslexia and ADHD, may actually cause an overdose of Vitamin A in the body.

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