Omega-3 fatty acids in boys with behavior, learning, and health problems

Physiol Behav. Apr-May 1996;59(4-5):915-20. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(95)02207-4.

Abstract

The purpose of the study reported here was to compare behavior, learning, and health problems in boys ages 6 to 12 with lower plasma phospholipid total omega-3 or total omega-6 fatty acid levels with those boys with higher levels of these fatty acids. A greater frequency of symptoms indicative of essential fatty acid deficiency was reported by the parents of subjects with lower plasma omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acid concentrations than those with higher levels. A greater number of behavior problems, assessed by the Conners' Rating Scale, temper tantrums, and sleep problems were reported in subjects with lower total omega-3 fatty acid concentrations. Additionally, more learning and health problems were found in subjects with lower total omega-3 fatty acid concentrations. (Only more colds and more antibiotic use were reported by those subjects with lower total omega-6 fatty acids). These findings are discussed in relation to recent findings for omega-3 experimentally deprived animals.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Child Behavior Disorders / blood*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / blood*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / blood
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology*
  • Male
  • Phospholipids / blood

Substances

  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Phospholipids