New research by scientists at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre indicated that taking Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids improved the cognitive ability of children. The test was conducted on children with difficulty reading, writing and comprehending. It must be noted that while most fats can be produced within the body, Omega-3 and Omega-6 has to be acquired from food. Some common foods rich in these Omega fatty acids are fish, flax seeds, vegetables, and nuts.
The idea driving the research was based on the fact that brain cell membranes are comprised of polyunsaturated fats. Studies confirm that fatty acids contribute to enhanced transmission of signals in the brain. There is better regulation of signals which leads to structured thinking ability and increase in concentration levels.
The tests were conducted on schoolchildren between 9 and 10 years of age. The researchers measured the cognitive, comprehension and grasping abilities of each student and recorded them. Next, each child was either given capsules containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 or capsules containing palm oil. The children took these capsules for defined period of time which was about 3 months.
Researchers examined the cognitive abilities of the respondents after 3 months. They detected an increase in comprehension skills of the respondents who took the capsules containing Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Now there is no doubt that any LASIK laser eye surgery specialist from Houston Lasik & Eye in Houston will vouch for the eye benefits of Omega-3. But the fact that these fatty acids actually aid reading skills is still a vast area under study. So this provides dual benefits for those taking these essential fatty acids in their diet. Not only does it improve their brain function but also promote vision.
Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to aid infant vision. There are numerous supplements available that can be taken by people of all ages. But it not yet clear if this fatty acid promotes vision in adults, although studies suggest it does. Researchers have not concluded, yet have estimated that intake of this fatty acid through food can prevent macular degeneration, glaucoma, and dry eyes.
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