Latest Omega-3 Research Put in Perspective

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The latest omega-3 research is a mixed bag.

One particular follow-up study looking at the impact of omega-3 DHA on under-performing UK schoolchildren failed to confirm earlier positive findings.

The original DHA Oxford Learning and Behavior (DOLAB) Study found that supplementation with algal-source omega-3 DHA vs placebo led to some benefits for children aged 7-9 years from the UK general school population who were initially under-performing in reading for their age.

Possible reasons for the latest study’s failure to replicate the original findings are put in perspective and discussed in the research article, which is open access.

Meanwhile, a disappointingly inaccurate summaryfrom the University of Birmingham did nothing to clarify the nature of the study and the implications of its findings.

Elsewhere, the link between fish oil-derived omega-3s and allergies was explored in a recent study, as was the link between childhoodobesity and fish oil – or, rather, lack of it – during pregnancy.

Thanks to our friends at Food and Behaviour Research for this summary of the latest omega-3 related research.

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