Today’s guest post is by Roselen, a health nut from the Philippines who previously worked for a fitness magazine. She is now a blogger and a contributor to several health and personal development blogs.
Recent studies say that levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3s can play a great role in the learning and behavior of school children. The importance of DHA and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acids) in cardiovascular and immune system health is well known. They are also very helpful for normal body development and functioning of the nervous system.
Kids, Learning and Omega-3
DHA, as mentioned above, is a very important component of the body. And probably, by watching TV commercials, you can conclude that it is needed. DHA is found in milk, supplements and other baby products.
DHA has been proven beneficial for kid’s overall health and brain development. In addition to folate, most pregnant women are advised to increase the levels of omega-3 in their diets to help their baby’s brain development and strengthen cognitive functions.
During elementary years, it is recommended to continue to supplement their diets with DHA. This aids the learning process by giving pupils a better learning aptitude compared to those with low omega-3 levels in their system.
In an Oxford University study, they found out that the level of DHA in child’s blood level may predict learning ability and behavior. Omega-3 aids in children’s reading, in their capacity to retain knowledge and therefore perform better in school. This implies that an earlier exposure to these supplements may help a child hurdle the educative process.
Kids, Behavior and Omega-3
The capability of omega-3 to aid in behavior modification has been found through ADHD studies. For a long time, ADHD has been considered a behavior that can hinder learning. But once these behavior problems are addressed; proper learning may take place since the barrier has been removed. Medications and other therapies are often used to treat ADHD, but it is not highly recommended since medications may cause side effects later. Behavior modification plans however, have been established to help and newer studies show that long chained fatty acids, such as omega-3s, can help behavior problems such as hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, and restlessness.
Common Omega-3 Sources
Common omega-3 sources include oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon. Plant sources are flaxseeds and chia seeds. However, to ensure optimum absorption, include supplements that have been purified from fish and krill oils.
Have you incorporated omega-3 into your child’s regimen? Have you noted any benefits? Please share your experience in the comments section.
Omega-3 and learning
SharingMom’s note: We have used omegas in our regimen for years with positive results.
The brand we prefer is by Nordic Naturals:
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