Monday, June 16, 2008

Momma was right--fish is brain food

Just a simple straightforward study that validates every mother in history who got out the cod liver oil and told her kids it was good for the brain. Eighty-five fourth graders receiving 400 mg per day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were compared to 90 fourth graders who didn't, with regard to a battery of cognitive tests. There was a positive relationship between blood DHA levels and scores on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, a test of listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition.

Can't stand the thought of getting fish oil into your kids? Here are some nice options.

1. Coromega makes a pudding-type emulsion that tastes just like a Creamsicle.

2. Saturday I tasted tested a new product at a local health food store clearly made with kids in mind--Barlean's Omega Swirl lemon zest flavored fish oil emulsion. You'd never know it was fish, and 2 teaspoons contains 365 mg EACH of DHA and EPA.

3. For kids who are way too assertive to trust anything that remotely resembles a supplement or a fish...Omega 3 Brain Booster Powder is a tasteless, odorless, water-soluble, heat stable, gluten-free fish oil powder blended into a rice protein base. You can bake with it, cook with it, stir it into your favorite juice. I've done some work for this company and we've tested it on boatloads of kids. They'll take it in anything...the caveat being you don't prompt them to decide they don't like what you're serving by telling them it has fish oil in it. Healthy spaghetti we come! You can get 10% off your first online purchase of this particular product by going to A little note: The owner of the company recently chose to take a major hit on his revenues in order to maintain integrity and customer safety. The rice shortage had reduced his sourcing options for rice protein to imports from China and Denmark. Even though the Chinese option would have allowed him to continue production without disruption, he opted to let his supply run out and run into back order status, and wait for the Danish rice protein. That's one reason why I love working for this man, he'll never make money in a way that compromises the safety of anyone he truly wants to help with his work.

Ryan AS, Nelson EB. Assessing the effect of docosahexaenoic acid on cognitive functions in healthy, preschool children: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 May;47(4):355-62.

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