Can Omega-3, Omega-6 Fatty Acids Improve Reading Skills ?

The benefits of consuming Omega 3 fatty acids are known well. Now, as per a new research conducted by a team of expert physicians and researchers at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Sahlgrenska Academy, you have all the more reason to have these fatty acids.
Mats Johnson, the chief physician and researcher at this Neuropsychiatry Centre and his team have found out that omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids boost the power to concentrate and curb reading difficulties in children. Polyunsaturated fats such as omega 3 and omega 6 and their effect on the learning ability and overall behaviour of children has generated a lot of interest over the last few years and a lot of research has been done on the same.

As a part of the recent research, approximately 154 school children between the age of 9 and 10 years were tested on their reading skills with the help of a computer-based test. It rated them on different parameters such as their reading speed, vocabulary and the ability to read nonsense words.  Then some of these students were given omega 3 and omega 6 capsules while others were given identical placebo capsules that contained palm oil. These children took these capsules for 3 months and as per the researchers the ones who had omega 3 and omega 6 capsules showed improvement in reading. “This was particularly evident in the ability to read a nonsense word aloud and pronounce it correctly (phonologic decoding), and the ability to read a series of letters quickly (visual analysis time)”, said Johnson.

Nuts, vegetable oils, leafy vegetables and flax seeds are some of the foods rich in omega 3 on the other hand omega 6 is mostly found in vegetable oils. Researchers state that our daily diet does not contain the amount of omega-3 required by our body. “The cell membranes in the brain are largely made up of polyunsaturated fats, and there are studies that indicate that fatty acids are important for signal transmission between nerve cells and the regulation of signaling systems in the brain”, shared Johnson.

Now, this gives you enough reason to ensure that your child has the required amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids daily.

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