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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vision problems. Joint pain. Dementia... Is there anything fish oils can't beat?

They've already been shown to ease arthritic joints and be beneficial to the developing brains of children. 

Now research has shown that fish oils can also help smokers kick the habit. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids. 

Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel. Omega-3s are also found in leafy vegetables, wholewheat bread and walnuts. So what can they do for you – and is a supplement sometimes better? EVE McGOWAN spoke to the experts to find out… 

Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel
Current medical advice is to eat two portions of fish a week, including one portion of oily fish such as tuna or mackerel
A boost for brain power

THE CLAIM
Omega-3 supplements for children – the modern-day alternative to cod liver oil – help their developing brains.

THE PROOF
Numerous trials have shown that they can improve the behaviour and learning of children with ADHD and learning disabilities. More recently, Dr Alex Richardson, at Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, studied underperforming children aged seven to nine. After taking daily supplements for 16 weeks, their behaviour and reading improved.

SUPPLEMENT OR DIET?
Dr Richardson says: ‘Almost all the children failed to eat enough fish so supplements are a reasonable option.’
Preventing a heart attack
THE CLAIM


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2835873/Vision-problems-Joint-pain-Dementia-fish-oils-t-beat.html#ixzz3JFKl0bQ8 


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