Children who eat oily fish may be better readers than their peers, a new study has revealed. Researchers discovered that young people’s reading ability significantly improved following the consumption of Omega 3. The new research discovered that children who took the supplement for three months showed a larger improvement in reading ability than those who were given a placebo. They showed significant enhancements in their reading comprehension ability, phonologic decoding time and visual analysis time.
Children who took the supplement for the first three months of the trial saw a 64 per cent greater improvement in reading comprehension than those who took a placebo. They were also able to decode words 10 per cent more quickly after the three month period – five times the improvement of those in the placebo group. The supplement takers also showed twenty times the improvement of their counterparts when it came to visual analysis tests. During the second phase of the trial all 105 of the children, that completed the study, were given the supplement for three months. The phase saw a 16-fold increase in the rate of improvement in placebo takers when they too were handed the supplement.