Omega-3 fatty acids ‘could improve reading and behaviour’

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 10:00

A new study by Dr Alex Richardson, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at Oxford University, has shown that daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids (Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA) improved the reading and behaviour of underperforming children in mainstream primary schools.

The researchers worked with children aged between seven and nine who had underperformed in standardised reading tests.

The research suggests that DHA supplementation is a simple and effective way to improve reading and behaviour in healthy but underperforming children. DHA is a key omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seafood, but in this study the source was algae, making it suitable for vegetarians.

The DHA Oxford Learning and Behaviour (DOLAB) study, which compared daily supplements of omega-3 DHA with placebo, is published in the journal PLOS ONE. Read the full research article here.

Read the press release article on the Oxford University website here.

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