health & dyslexia: diet & nutrition – fatty acids

Fatty Acids & Dyslexia

Is a deficit in essential fatty acids to blame for the four-fold increase in dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and other specific learning difficulties that we have seen over the last 20 years?

There has been a multitude of studies, which have shown that abnormal levels of fatty acids in the brain could be behind the practical and behavioural problems experienced by dyslexic children, as well as those with dyspraxia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Many research papers show that underachieving children, improved dramatically when their diets had been supplemented with fish oils. The fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for brain development and function but are mostly missing from modern processed foods.

There are several products available which contain fatty acids, and the following two appear most popular; are ‘Efalex’ and ‘Eye q Micro’. These products include long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that seem to play an essential role in the development of the eye and brain especially vision, coordination, memory and concentration.

a natural approach to fatty acids

If you would like a more natural approach, the best way to consume your essential fatty acids is through your diet.

New research by the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Wales, has shown that organic milk contains two-thirds more omega-3 essential fatty acids than ordinary milk.

People who do not want to take fish supplements can take Flax seeds or Flax seed oil; these are an excellent source of omega 3, (EFA’s). The body transforms it into EPA and the EPA into DHA.
Many foods contain essential fatty acids, (EFA’s), including:

Oily fish, for example:

*Fresh Tuna
*Turbot and

(Salmon has an enormous positive health benefit. It is rich in iron, packed with omega-3 fatty acids.)

Some studies suggest that salmon could boost babies’ intelligence when eaten during pregnancy. (You should only take supplements after checking with your doctor.)

Other Seafood, including:

* Eels
* New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels and
* Shark.

Vegetarian/Natural Oils etc

* Flax seeds or flax seed oil.
* Milk – especially organic milk.
* Pumpkin seeds & oil.
* Rapeseed oil (Canola oil).
* Soybeans & Soybean oil.
* Walnuts & Walnut oil.
* Wheat germ.

If you are a vegetarian you can still get adequate fatty acids, go to: dyslexia and fatty acids for vegetarians