Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Omega-3: Why it's Important and How it Improves Children's Achievements

Omega-3 is the collective name of three fatty acids that are highly important for the healthy function of the human body. One of these acids is found in plant oils (ALA) while two others are found in fish oils (EPA and DHA). The Omega-3 fatty acids contribute greatly to our health: they reduce the risk of several types of heart diseases and cancer, and also have an anti-depression effect.

Omega-3 is especially important when it comes to the development of children. The presence of Omega-3 greatly assists the development of the child's brain during pregnancy and until the age of 3. The ability of children to concentrate and study also depends on the presence of Omega-3 in their bodies.

In the past, the diet of most people (including children) consisted of elements that gave a good balance of Omega-3 and another group of fatty acids known as Omega-6. Today, the average diet leans more toward Omega-6. This causes a variety of health problems. This lack of balance is also suspected to be one of the factors behind children's under performance in their studies due to concentration and attention issues. The use of Omega-3 supplements has become a popular way of supporting children's cognitive abilities and their improving school performance.

The following research, documented by the BBC, shows considerable improvement of school performance by children given Omega-3 supplements:

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