Fish is good for brain. You’ve probably heard this. Maybe even and dismissed it as a bunch of manure. But various studies have shown that there may be more than a grain of truth in it.
In one study by Oxford University, involving 300 children, half were picked at random and given fish oil pills while the other half received a placebo. All the children picked needed improvement in important aspects of learning such as reading, memory, and concentration (aka focus). Here’s the story of one child whose parents and teachers say showed great improvement after a few weeks on fish oil supplements:
The video credits omega-3 for the improvements, but this may not be entirely accurate. You see, the component in fish oil that studies have shown helps in improving brain function is called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Yet not all omega-3 sources or supplements contain it. Many fish oil supplements contain the other – also important but to a lesser degree – that is, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This is because EPA costs less than DHA. Also, plant sources of omega-3 supply ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Though our bodies can convert ALA into DHA, it is a highly ineffecient process that loses most of the DHA.
You should therefore look for quality fish oil supplements that supply high doses of DHA to offer your child or yourself (yes, even adults can benefit in a number of ways) the benefits.