Improved Reading Study Results Presented

Dr Mats Johnson presents Equazen clinical trial at Swiss Neuropediatrics Association annual meeting showing improved reading ability

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important membrane components of the brain. Accumulating evidence from epidemiological, biochemical and intervention studies indicate that suboptimal dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can have detrimental effects on children’s cognitive development and behaviour.

A recent randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 9-year-old mainstream schoolchildren in Sweden was conducted to evaluate the effect of Omega 3/6 fatty acids on reading in children.

The study, known as the LOGOS trial has been presented by its author, Dr. Johnson, at the “Jahrestagung der Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Neuropädiatrie” congress - the annual meeting of Swiss Neuropediatrics Association, Solothurn, Switzerland. Over 150 Doctors, mainly Neuropsychiatric specialists and Paediatricians, attended the 2 day meeting.

The study was conducted on 154 children over a period of 6 months on 2 phases of 3 months each, and the outcomes measured the Logos test battery which is a computerised reading test based on the theory that word decoding is a central function for reading ability.

“Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.” – John Steinbeck

Results have shown that Equazen significantly improves reading ability, naming time, phonologic decoding time, visual analysis time, reading speed per word and phonologic decoding time per word when compared to placebo.

Key Findings: the study shows that Equazen:

• improves reading ability in mainstream schoolchildren

• is well tolerated and has a high compliance similar to that of placebo

Read Abstract from J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2017: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27545509

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