In a recently published article by The Daily Mail it has once again highlighted the many benefits of fish oils from studies carried out by researchers.
Is there nothing that fish oils can’t beat?
It is recommended that we eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as fresh tuna, salmon, sardines or mackerel. Omega-3 is also found in walnuts and to a smaller extent some leafy vegetables. Supplements can also be used to supplement (add to) the diet in case of not consuming enough fish, but they should not be a substitute for a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.
The study claims that children taking Omega-3 supplements can help with brain development. There have been numerous trials which show that they may improve the behaviour and learning of children with ADHD and learning disabilities. A recent study by Dr. Alex Richardson at Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, showed that after taking daily supplements for 16 weeks, the behaviour and reading of underperforming children aged seven to nine improved. Supplementation during pregnancy can also help with the baby’s development.
Omega-3 supplements are a good way for children to get the essential fish oils they need, as Dr. Alex Richardson says ‘Almost all the children failed to eat enough fish so supplements are a reasonable option’.
The benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids don’t stop at helping children. Omega-3 is also known for supporting heart health, brain function and vision in adults. Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London, Tom Sanders states that ‘There is also evidence that they may help in normalising irregular heart rhythms’.
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Last updated: 18-11-2014