I review 1000 plus studies a year related to my expertise and this one rocked me more than any I had read in a long time. In a nutshell, scientist determined that a country’s dietary intakes of omega 3 fats (the “superstar” brain-health fat) relative to omega 6 fats (the fat that directly competes in the brain with omega 3 fats) were a better predictor of the country’s academic success than the country’s wealth or per-capita spending on education! Sadly, America had amongst the lowest intakes of omega 3 fats relative to omega 6 fats of the 28 countries included in this evaluation with test scores as expected. (Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA), 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.plefa.2014.07.017)
I was so moved by this report and the implications it has for our country that I shot it off to my journalist/reporter daughter, Liz, who wrote it up much better than I could have. Click here to read it.