Sep 23, 2013

    Help your kids ace tests with more fish in diet

    WITH school exams starting next month, parents might want to feed their children food such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, as well as flaxseed oil and walnuts.

    These are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential building blocks for a healthy brain - this is especially important when preparing for end-of-year assessments.

    In a new study of nearly 500 children aged between seven and nine, Oxford University found that levels of omega-3 fatty acids "significantly predicted" the children's ability to concentrate and learn, AFP Relaxnews reported.

    Higher levels of omega-3, especially the long-chain form of docosahexaenoic acid, were associated with better reading and memory and fewer behavioural problems among the children who participated in the study.

    Past research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in the brain's structure and cognitive function.

    It is also good for heart health and the immune system, said AFP Relaxnews.

    The recommended weekly intake is a minimum of two fish portions.