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Fish Oil Makes You Smarter

One of the more popular studies I've posted in recent months demonstrated the dramatic improvement in the classwork of school age kids who suffer from dyspraxia after they took a fish oil supplement.

A recent review of studies, including about 50 that have not yet been included in published reviews, appearing in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition support the benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in terms of improved cognitive or behavioral performance.

Researchers believe animal studies, in particular, provide the most convincing and consistent evidence linking a decrease in brain concentrations of DHA to altered performance on cognitive or behavioral tests. They suggest the possibility small differences in brain concentrations of DHA, such as those that most likely occur between infants fed supplemented or unsupplemented formulas, may result in subtle effects that currently are difficult to detect but could be significant.

That's why I often remind you it's vitally important for pregnant women to be sure they are receiving the optimal amount of omega-3 fats, as the health of their unborn baby is a major concern.

The easiest and safest way is to take a high quality fish or cod liver oil daily. To choose the best one for you, I recommend reviewing my fish oil/cod liver oil FAQ page today.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 2, August 2005: 281-295

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