Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Omega-3... more

Behavious problems and learning disorders in children are mostly, if not solely, caused by dietary disorders. This is the clear conclusion of rigorous scientific research conducted by researchers from Oxford University's department of physiology led by Dr Alexandra Richardson, and published in this month’s American Journal of Pediatrics.
It was found that Omega-3 fatty acids, crucial for brain development and function are often missing from the processed foods of many children’s diets. Dr Anderson said: "Food affects behaviour. If you paid attention to diet, you could really make a difference."
The performance of under-achievers improved dramatically when fish oil was added to their diet. There was also a corresponding and significant improvement in behaviour and concentration.
The study consisted of 117 children ranging in age from 5 to 12. They were taken from 12 different schools. In a double blind experiment half were given fish oils and half were given a placebo in the form of olive oil.
Children on the omega-3 fatty acids made nine to 10 months' progress in their reading in three months, compared with the control group, who made the normal progress of three months. When the group on placebos was switched to active supplements, it too made similar leaps in progress.
This result will ripple through. It will take more than this to knock off the pschiatric drug industry overnight, there is too much money at stake. But the drug dispensing pyschs are starting to run out of grubby fingers to poke in the holes in the dam.

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