Omega 3 supplement supports Exam Success
Trial shows exam boost from diet
More evidence has emerged to support a link between diet, sleep and water intake and improved exam success. An experiment involving secondary pupils revealed that two-thirds who supplemented their diet improved their exam performance. The study, at a school in Newton Aycliffe, saw pupils take in natural fish oils, more fatty acids, regular drinks and have regulated sleep.
Mr. Westerman said: “This trial looked at how we can improve children ́s behaviour and learning through the use of supplementation.
“We used a fish oil supplement called eye q to achieve that and we were stunned by the results, particularly in the areas like memory and concentration.”
We used a fish oil supplement called eye q to achieve that and we were stunned by the results, particularly in the areas like memory and concentration.
He says the study results question current psychological methods of addressing lack of concentration or learning difficulties among one-in-six UK school age children. He added: “Everybody knows that diet, sleep and water are important, but now we actually have the evidence to prove that.” The trials were carried out at Greenfield School Community and Arts College. Mr. Westerman added: “We had children whose reading age, memory and concentration leapt in just a short period of time. It was stunning to see the changes.
“Ultimately we want to see a change in diet, but it is going to take a while for this to take effect.
There are a number of simple things parents can do to help their children perform better in testing situations.
It’s important to get enough water to drink because a lack of water is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue. Other things are to do with energy supply to the brain. This means no sugar spikes and regular carbohydrates like bananas and avocados.”
He reported that the study findings were a “breakthrough” for schools looking for improvements in classroom behaviour and concentration.