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Essential Fatty Acids Boost Childrens Brain Potential

We Need EPA, DHA and GLA!

How Fatty Acids Work

Nowadays we notice many people around us complaining about their \\\'diminishing\\\' memory, their inability to concentrate and their inability to maintain everyday activities that require mental power. We hear of many parents that complain about their children\\\'s low concentration threshold, and complain that they are experiencing learning difficulties which are leading them to less than optimum achievements in school.

The good news is that a simple change in diet may alter all these problems experienced. Increasing research is showing that diets that contain at least two portions of oily fish a week may completely reverse difficulties associated with inefficient brain function and can make a huge difference to children\\\'s performance as well.

We Need EPA, DHA and GLA!

The most important fatty acids required for brain function are a balanced ratio of essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, EPA, DHA and GLA. Research has demonstrated that these fatty acids may play a specific role in vision, co-ordination, learning ability, memory and concentration. The body cannot make omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and that is exactly why they are called quot;essential" fatty acids. They need to be administered through the diet, and that is where the root of the problem lies; due to food preferences and more lives being \\\'on the run\\\' people claim not to have enough time to prepare oily fish meals and that subsequently prevents their children from consuming the levels of omega 3 fatty acids that are required to give them maximum brain power. Children also tend to prefer and choose highly saturated and processed foods that lack the essential fatty acids required to improve their learning, reading and writing abilities.

Deficiency of omega 6 fatty acids is less common as they are more abundant in the everyday foods we eat such as cereals, eggs, poultry, most vegetable oils, whole-grain breads and margarine. Omega 3 fatty acids are mainly found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, trout, mackerel and herring to name a few but found in much smaller concentrations in certain seeds such as pumpkin seeds and flax.

The FSA (Foods Standards Agency) recommends that people should eat at least two portions of fish a week, and that one should be oily. On average, people in the UK eat a third of a portion of oily fish a week. Seven out of ten don\\\'t eat any at all.

Administration of a balanced ratio of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids may show a significant improvement in memory, concentration and overall mental abilities. It is also beneficial in children with ADHD (Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and dyslexia as numerous studies have shown them to have a deficiency in these fatty acids.

How Fatty Acids Work

Essential fatty acids are required for healthy mental function because they accelerate the rate at which messages are sent around the brain. The cells in the brain are surrounded by a membrane called a myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is mainly made up of fats of which a high density of them are essential fatty acids. In order for electrical signals to carry messages to and from nerve cells, they need to pass through the membrane speedily and efficiently. If there is not sufficient levels of essential fatty acids in the brain cell membranes then the speed at which the neurotransmitters are passed in between the membranes is slowed down. That leads to inefficient transmission of information in the brain which leads to inability to concentrate, learn and process information.

It is therefore obvious that a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids are important for brain health and children\\\'s performance so more effort should be made to include increased amounts of essential fatty acids in the diet, and if that is not possible then a supplement should be considered

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