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Fish Oil and Concentration

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According to the National Statistics Online website, more children are being diagnosed with attention deficit disorders in the UK and around the world. What’s more shocking to many people is that fact that adults too are being seen with these forms of concentration impairment. Is this something that has happened as our modern lives are speeding up or perhaps are we all suffering from some sort of nutritional deficit that might be causing these issues to occur? This is the question that many scientists are asking and the results might be surprising.

What are Concentration Issues?

Most of us have had some point in our lives where we’ve felt disorganized or completely unable to concentrate on the task at hand. Maybe we’ve been under a lot of stress or our health has been poor – in any case, sometimes we’ve all felt like we could use a little more concentration power. Many times we can remedy the problem with more sleep and a change in our eating habits, but when it seems like none of the traditional methods are working or that your problems with concentration are worse than just being unable to focus some of the time, you may need additional help.

Concentration issues can lead to poor behaviour in school, as in the case of children, in addition to low grades and problems with information retention. In adults, concentration issues can show themselves as problems with job performance as well as in troubles with relationships and in their personal mental health state. By being a constant state of stress because you can’t focus on the things you need to do, it can be difficult to achieve a life that seems normal to you. You might always feel behind or like you just can’t seem to keep up with everyone else.

What Causes Concentration Issues?

The trick with concentration is that the cause is not nearly as simply as it seems. Many people would tell someone with concentration issues to simply work harder – but it’s not that simple. Concentration issues stem from problems within the nervous system. When the nerves and synapses aren’t firing correctly, the messages that the brain is sending and receives aren’t transmitted at the most efficient speed. In the brain, there are electrical impulses that are sent whenever the brain is sending a message or when something else is causing the brain to receive a message (as in the case of burning a hand. That pain signal is sent through the nervous system to the brain in order to tell your hand to move from the heat source).

These electrical messages can have troubles getting to the brain quickly when the electrical impulse doesn’t get to the synapses in the neural network. Better put, think of this system as pouring water into a glass. When the water is running, all is well, but when there is something blocking the source of water, the glass does not fill.

How Does Fish Oil Help with Concentration?

Since fish oil contains essential fatty acids, the body is going to be getting nutrients it can not make on its own. These fatty acids are necessary in order for the nervous system to function properly as well as to help the messages get from one place to another. A study done in 2004 in the UK showed that students who took fish oil supplements as a part of their education actually improved their test scores as well as their behaviour within three months of supplementation.

Other studies have concluded that fish oil supplementation is also helpful then the brain is actively developing, as in when the child is still n the womb or in the younger years of development. The brain forms into an organ that can maintain a higher level of concentration as seen in test results and teacher reports.

But then again, this does not mean that children are the only ones that can benefit from taking fish oil supplements. Adults that are on Ritalin or other concentration boosting drugs have often found that fish oil can actually replace the traditional forms of medication or supplement other therapies with great results.

Where Can You Find Fish Oil Supplements?

There are a number of ways to add fish oil to a diet that are easy and convenient. With fish oil supplements, a person can easily take the recommended dosage three times a day, while adding a few servings of fish to the diet each week will also help to keep the essential fatty acid levels, high. These supplements can be found at online retailers as well as in local grocers.

Conclusion

The benefits of fish oil go far beyond increasing concentration, but one fact remains – studies have shown time and time again that fish oil is something that can help boost the brain as well as the intelligence of those that decide to make the supplement a part of their lives.

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