Hyderabad: In an age of technological advancements, the reading habit has taken a backseat among many children of school-going age leading often to poor academic performance. This can lead to a host of problems in adulthood and the way to offset this is to have more DHA-fortified foods like fish, eggs, meat and, in case of vegetarians, algal-fortified supplements.Such children may lack DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient vital for brain development. Lack of DHA is linked to slower learning and lesser IQ, temper tantrums, aggressiveness, sleep problems and, in some cases, dyslexia.A recent study by the University of Oxford showed the intake of algal or vegetarian DHA can significantly improve reading performance and behaviour among school-aged children."The DHA Oxford Learning and Behaviour (DOLAB) trial showed that taking daily algal DHA supplements improved reading performance for the worst readers and helped these children catch up with their peer group," said lead investigator Alex Richardson, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the University of Oxford and director of Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research.
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