Fish oil supplements and dyslexia have a very close relationship.
What's often considered a learning disability is believed by many to be a nutritional deficiency. And although adding fish oil to the diet can not be called a “cure” for dyslexia, it will make a huge difference.
Fish oil supplements and dyslexia are best handled during pregnancy and while nursing. To prevent later problems make sure a baby is getting optimum levels of omega 3 fatty acids from Mom.
Hundreds of studies have proven fish oil to be vitally important for the development of a child's brain.
Children born to mothers who eat lots of oily fish or supplement with good quality fish oil supplements are less likely to have ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and many other developmental difficulties.
That's good news if you're planning on having more kids. But what if you already have a child who has dyslexia?
Well, there's good news for you too. Research into omega 3 fish fatty acids show great promise for dyslexic children – and adults too.
It seems like almost every study published about dyslexia starts off by staging a widely accepted fact: developmental dyslexia is associated with a deficiency of highly unsaturated fatty acids – the very same fatty acids found in fish. And that tells us something right off the bat.
In a study done at the Oxford University Laboratory of Physiology and published in Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, researchers found that “children with high fatty acid deficiency ratios showed poorer reading and lower general ability” than children without a deficiency.
And these researchers went on to say that the results of their study “support the hypothesis that fatty acid deficiency may contribute to the severity of dyslexic problems.” [Vol. 63: 69-74]
Okay, so what about fish oil supplements and dyslexia specifically?
Here's the good news. Our friends at the Laboratory of Physiology concluded through their research that dyslexia can be corrected specifically through supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids from fish.
These finds are backed up by many other studies as well. For example, SM Baker noted in the Journal of Learning Disabilities that dyslexic children demonstrated improved schoolwork after treatment with fatty acids. [Vol. 18: 581-584]
And, BJ Stordy, writing in Lancet, found a normalization of visual deficits in dyslexic adults after supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids. [Vol. 346: 385]
What makes this particular significant is that visual deficits are a key component of dyslexia.
I'm sold! But it's funny how scientists always say they need to do more research on a subject. I think it's because they'll lose their research grants if they finally come up with THE answer. So they always leave them an option for more funding.
But, if you or a family member are having to deal with dyslexia, do not wait. Start right away by increasing omega 3 fish oil.
And based on the research, I'd say a dyslexic needs to make sure they're getting 1 to 4 grams daily.