DD has always had enormous problems concentrating and she started taking the omega 3/6 capsules about 3 years ago. From my observations, virtually every child in her class does too. I am beginning to wonder if it is a waste of money though I am reluctant to stop in case I have to start with the six a day loading dose all over again. Any views or experience happily received.
I heard that the trial was based on children with diagnosed behavioural problems, so there is no evidence to prove that fish oils can improve the brain function of children without pre-existing conditions.
i used these with my ds who has ASD and it was the small improvements that counted and he came along great while on them we still use them although not every day now as his improved hugely i just give 4 a day if ive forgotten for few days he starts school thurs and i will make sure he has them every day then
i also add a lot of omega 3 to his diet and he eats good varied food also
I urge anyone intending to give fish oil supplements to their children because they think it will improve their child's concentration to read Ben Goldacre's Bad Science. It points out exactly why there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that backs up any claims that fish oil improves concentration.
In fact there is very little evidence that any supplements, vitamins etc do any good at all. In some cases they can do harm.
Never been properly tested. For more on the extreme dodginess of the Durham trial, see: http://www.badscience.net/category/fish-oil/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/27/ medicalresearch
Brilliant, I'm actually *reading bad science at the moment but never thought to look in it. TBH, she has such a poor diet that she'd never get any of the essential oils, she seldome eats eggs, never chicken but does occasionally eat fish. I think I'll carry on until they run out. *reading the odd chapter, you can't read it like a novel.
Bad Science states there has never been a proper trial on the effects of fish oils on 'normal' children; am I right in thinking this implies there has been a proper trial on the effects on 'non-normal' children?
I ask because I spend a small fortune on Eskimo Kids for DD2 who has aspergers, and would rather not piss what little money we have away pointlessly (I give it to her not to give her an academic edge, but to help with her mood swings etcetera)