Improve your children’s spelling with Ghoti oil

It’s long been known that omega-3 oil, the kind found in anchovies, mackerel, trout, salmon, and tuna, has health benefits for all of us.

Now researchers at Auckland University have found that children fed with this oil performed significantly better in spelling tests than those given a placebo oil.

The results were more pronounced in 8-9 year olds and it helped boys, who generally lag behind girls in becoming literate,  more than it helped girls.

The experiment was simple but effective, asking children to write down as many words as they could think of over timed periods. The children receiving omega-3 produced more words but fewer spelling mistakes unlike the placebo group.

There have been similar findings in the UK previously as well as research in the USA and the UK on the positive effects of omega-3 on children suffering from ADHD, which impairs their memory and reading & spelling ability.

And research in Australia suggested that omega-3 was better than Ritalin in treating this disorder.

A good case for having fish and chips on the school menu perhaps?

See this for explanation of Ghoti

Originally posted on EI 4u September 2011


3 thoughts on “Improve your children’s spelling with Ghoti oil

  1. […] been carried out in schools to help combat disruptive behaviours. Research in Australia showed that it also helped improve spelling, particularly among […]

  2. Albert Pettinger says:

    Fish oil is constituted of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, both lacking in American diets. As a general guideline, a 130 pound woman should aim to take 1700 mg EPA and 1300 mg DHA daily, a 170 pound woman should take 2500 mg EPA and 2000 mg DHA daily, and a 230 pound woman should take 3400 mg EPA and 2600 mg DHA daily. These amounts may be scaled down for someone as light as 100 pounds, but lighter women are cautioned against the regimen.^

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  3. […] First the fish oils ie Omega-3 acids, debate. Not long ago scientists said that it wasn’t as good for you as we had been led to believe even though there had been evidence that it helped kids at school. […]

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