A new study designed to explore the relationship between fatty acids and cognitive ability in children has discovered particularly low levels of EPA and DHA in poor readers. These omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish, and may be supplemented through the use of fish and krill oil.
The study looked at the blood fatty acid level of 493 schoolchildren aged 7-9 from mainstream Oxfordshire schools. All the children in the study had scored low on national reading assessments at age 7. All the children involved had very low blood omega 3 levels that were only 8-12% of the optimal range.