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