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Fish Oil and Intelligence

Fish oil is one of the two supplements that I recommend to most of my patients.

There are many reasons for this, but today I’ll mention the benefits of fish oil for your brain.

Learning

In a very small but remarkable study children were given fish oil supplements. The children took tests before they started taking the fish oil and again at the end of three months.

During the study, researchers found that the children’s reading age increased by a year, their handwriting became more legible and accurate, and they paid more attention in class. And brain scans revealed that their levels of a chemical called N-Acetylaspartate (NAA) drastically increased. This is the brain chemical linked to the growth of nerve fibers.

To put this in perspective, in three months, these children had as much brain growth as would normally be seen in three years!

Attention & Memory

In another study, researchers compared fish oil to Ritalin and Concerta for ADHD. They found that fish oil was more effective. Imagine that! Based on this, fish oil should be given to every child with ADD or ADHD.

But don’t imagine fish oil is only for children. Fish oil also helps prevent dementia. It also helps improve memory and reduce depression in adults.

Stress

Mental stress has damaging effects on the brain. Worry, anxiety and over work all add to this. Fish oil can help reduce stress induced brain damage. It also helps protect against it in the first place.

Your take-away? Be sure to take adequate amounts of fish oils to improve your brain!

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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References:

Sinn, N., et al. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2006.

Sorgi, P. J., et al. Effects of an open-label pilot study with high-dose EPA/DHA concentrates on plasma phospholipids and behavior in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Nutrition Journal. 6(1):16, 2007.

Chung, W. L., et al. Fish oil supplementation of control and (n-3) fatty acid-deficient male rats enhances reference and working memory performance and increases brain regional docosahexaenoic acid levels. Journal of Nutrition. 138(6):1165-1171, 2008

Schmidt, M. A. Smart Fats: How Dietary Fats and Oils Affect Mental, Physical and Emotional Intelligence. Frog Ltd. Berkeley, California, USA. 1997:5.

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