Fish Oil Improves Children’s I.Q.

Fish oil has always been known to increase peripheral circulation as well as improve cognitive function in people.  A recent clinical study published in May 2008 has reconfirmed this once again.

The clinical study conducted on 175 four-year-old, preschool children, randomly chosen from 11 different sites in the U.S.A., has confirmed that regular intake of fish oil (specifically its DHA component) can boost I.Q. levels in children.

The study showed that the intake of 400 mg of DHA (Docoxahexaenoic Acid) given to half of the children had caused a rise in DHA levels in their blood by up to 300%.  The study also analyzed the relationship of this rise to the children’s performance on a Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, which measures listening, comprehension, and vocabulary.  They found that for every 1% increase in blood DHA in the children, percentile rank on their PPV test improved by up to nine points.

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found in the brain.  It is also a component of fish oil.  Therefore, include fish oil supplementation to your children’s daily nutrition and help them become smarter children.

* Ryan AS, Nelson EB. Assessing the effect of docosahexaenoic acid on cognitive functions in healthy, preschool children:  a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 May; 47 (4): 355-62
by Michelle Jones,
Certified Integrated Iridologist