Can Fish Oil Heal Autism Brain Injury and Dyslexia?
Omega-3 fatty acids which is found in kiwi fruit, salmon, and walnuts, provide several benefits such as improving memory, learning, and helping to combat against mental disorders, said Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery.
Synapses in the brain link neurons and provide vital functions; a lot of learning and memory happens at the synapses, the professor added.
He said: “Omega-3 fatty acids support synaptic plasticity and seem to positively affect the expression of several molecules related to learning and memory that are found on synapses. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal brain function.
“Dietary deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in humans has been associated with increased risk of several mental disorders, including attention-deficit disorder, dyslexia, dementia, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in rodents results in impaired learning and memory.”
Children who had greater amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets, performed better in school, in spelling, in learning, and had fewer behavioral issues, he added.
Initial results from a study in England reveal that school performance improved among a group of students taking omega-3 fatty acids.
In an Australian study, 396 kids ages ranging from 6 to 12 who had been given a drink with omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients demonstrated better scores on examinations measuring learning, memory, and verbal intelligence.
So, yes, fish oil which contains omega-3 fatty acids can indeed help towards the healing process of people with autism and dyslexia.