Omega 3s in Breast Milk Enhance Kids Academics

The scientific journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, studying women in over two dozen countries, concluded that those women whose breast milk had a greater content of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) had children whose academic test scores were better compared to those women whose breast milk had lower levels.

They also found that the Omega-6 fatty acid LA (linoleic acid) was associated with poorer test scores. Lead researcher S.J.C. Gaulin stated that “the fatty acid profile of the average mother’s milk in a given country is a better predictor of the average cognitive performance in that country than the conventional socioeconomic measures people use.”
The dietary sources that would enhance a person’s beneficial DHA would come from fish, nuts and seeds. Diets higher in soybean and corn promote too much LA -the omega6 fatty acid.
Dr. Gaulin further explains, ” Unfortunately our current agribusiness-based diets provide very low levels of DHA… Thanks to two heavily government subsidized crops, corn and soybeans, the average U.S. diet is heavy in the bad omega-6 fatty acids and far too light on the Omega 3s. So our message is that not only is it advisable to increase omega-3 intake, it’s highly advisable to decrease omega-6.Mayonnaise is, in general, the most omega-6 laden food in the average person’s refrigerator. If you have too much of one, omega-6, and too little of the other- omega 3, you’re going to end up paying a price cognitively.”

 

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