Seafood for Smarter Kids?

A recent study showed that a group of teenage boys scored higher on intelligence tests just by eating certain kinds of fish once a week. Your brain needs essential fatty acids to function properly, and the more of them you get, the better off you are. Fish are high in fatty acids such as Omega-3, Omega-6 and DHA.

“Fish is the ultimate brain food,” says pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.

The problem is that the toxin mercury can be found in a lot of fish, so choose your fish carefully and check for mercury-free labels. Whenever possible, choose wild-caught fish rather than farm-raised fish.

Some studies show that pregnant women who eat fish have smarter children, but expectant mothers must be cautious about the type of seafood they eat.

“Pregnant women should avoid shark, macarel and swordfish,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “They should also limit their tuna intake because mercury can cause birth defects.”

Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplements are another option, but make sure they are mercury-free, as well. Make fish or essential fatty acid supplements a part of your diet and see if you don’t feel a little smarter!

Essential Fatty Acids Help Prevent:

  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • ADHD
  • Eating disorders

Excellent Sources of Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplements
  • Olive oil