Fatty Acids Help Children to Learn; HEALTH: Research Shows Benefits of Eating Certain Fish and Leafy Vegetables

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FATTY acids found in salmon, mackerel and leafy vegetables can "significantly improve" the symptoms of dyslexia and behavioural problems in children, scientists claimed yesterday.

They found that giving children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) a fatty acid supplement improved their behaviour.

Scientists from Oxford University and London's Imperial College School of Medicine gave a nutritional supplement called Efalex to a group of eight to 12year-olds attending a special school in Northern Ireland.

Another group at the same school was given a placebo.

The children were assessed across a range of behavioural and learning problems before receiving the supplement, then again after three months.

There were no improvements in the placebo group after 12 weeks, but the researchers found significant improvements in the behaviour and cognitive abilities of the group using the supplement.

Writing in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, the authors found improvement in three ADHD sub-scales, including anxiety and shyness. …