New research has found young children outperformed their peers on a measure of executive function when they had higher levels of Omega’s in their blood.
Over 300 children between the ages of 2 thru 6 years of age were participated in this recent study. Blood spots tests were used to measure the participants Omega-3 index. Children with higher blood levels of Essential Fatty Acids were more like to perform better on the standardized test of executive function, called the Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS). This test involved children sorting cards based on the image shape, which represented a different set of rules than previously learned. Participants were then asked to sort the cards by color. The tests had a series of conditions or steps to follow. Each step was given a pass-fail grade.
Older children performed better than younger participants and children with the highest Omega-3 levels performed at the highest levels. This study confirmed earlier research which showed similar associations in older participants. So the relationship between executive boosting and Omega-3 is not linked to any one stage of life. Researchers believe larger study groups are needed to confirm this link.
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