I've heard about omega 3 fish oils. Can they help?

Many people with dyslexia or related conditions (such as dyspraxia or ADHD) show signs of being deficient in omega-3 long chain unsaturated fatty acids that come from fish oils. The typical modern Western diet contains very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, but we eat far less oily fish. The modern high incidence of cardiovascular and other serious diseases is probably partly linked to deficiency of omega 3 and excess of omega 6.

Omega-3 deficiency may contribute to dyslexic problems because these fatty acids play an important part in the proper functioning of the magnocellular brain cells involved in reading, not only during development of the brain, but throughout life. So fish oil supplements may help both child and adult dyslexics, and we've recently completed randomised controlled trials that prove that giving fish oil supplements helps many children with their reading, their concentration, their mood and their behaviour.

Eating more fish is ideal since fish contains not only the important omega 3s, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), but also zinc, iodine, selenium, Vitamins A & D which are also vital for proper brain function. But if you don't eat fish, do use fish oil supplements which can be pleasantly flavoured - c. 250 mg of EPA and 250 mg of DHA per day.