More evidence that omega-3 could be helpful against neurodegeneration

by camille.hebert on November 13, 2013 - 12:33pm

 

More evidence that omega-3 could be helpful against neurodegeneration

I was interested in this article because I already read about omega-3 and their effect on the emotions, but never on its effect on intellectual capacities.

This research looked at the benefits of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on health and the brain. They found that those benefits depend on the age group. For example, omega-3 has a positive effect on pre-natal neurodevelopment, but it might diminish over time, when the child gets older. There’s no evidence that omega-3 can contribute to an improvement of cognitive skills for older children. A lot of evidences suggest that omega-3 polyunsaturated fats can protect against neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment at an older age.

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Benefits of eating breakfast

I was interested by this article because I wanted to know more about how breakfast influences learning and concentration, especially for teenagers and young adults.

Eating breakfast can help with your cognitive performance during the day and improve your school grades. Breakfast helps to concentrate. Students who eat a low-glycemic breakfast are able to keep their attention longer than students who don’t. They also have more positive reactions and performances to difficult tasks. Breakfast also helps with body weight, because people who don’t take the time to eat a balanced breakfast are more likely to overeat during the day. Eating breakfast is a good choice, but consuming only a toast or a bagel can give you energy for only one to two hours. It is recommended to add a balance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins to your breakfast to make sure your blood sugar levels are high enough for many hours.

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-breakfast-students-7697.html

 

The two articles are very different in their subject. The first one is reviewed by peers and talks about the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on intellectual capacities. It’s a research that compared many studies to come to a conclusion.

The second article is from an online journal and talks about the benefits of eating breakfast, especially for students. It uses academic sources to justify the information given. This article doesn’t come up with anything new, the author is only stating facts that have already been proven.

 

Annotated Bibliography:

-Karr, Justin E., et al. ``Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cognition throughout the lifespan: A review``. Nutritional Neuroscience. Volume 14. Issue 5. (2011): p.216-225.  EBSCO Host. Web. 13                         Nov. 2013.

The three authors are members of the Psychology Division of Western Oregon University in the United States. They made this research based on many other studies. Their research was published in Nutritional Neuroscience, which is a peer-reviewed journal, so it has been corrected by other specialists before the publication.

-Boyers, Lindsay. ``Benefits of Eating Breakfast for Students``. SFGate. (n.d.) Web. 13 Nov. 2013.

The author has a Bachelor in Science nutrition from Framingham State College and a certificate in holistic nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. That does not make her a specialist, but she used good sources focusing on nutrition for young adults and teens like an article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Comments

I was really attracted by your second article's summary. You explained very well why we should eat breakfast every day. As far as I can remember, I always had a good breakfast before going to school. My father used to prepare me fruits every morning that I ate before my bowl of cereals or yogurt and a toast. It helped me concentrate in class and I wasn't hungry until it was lunchtime. Now, I continue this routine and I think that everyone should do the same!

I was really attracted by your second article's summary. You explained very well why we should eat breakfast every day. As far as I can remember, I always had a good breakfast before going to school. My father used to prepare me fruits every morning that I ate before my bowl of cereals or yogurt and a toast. It helped me concentrate in class and I wasn't hungry until it was lunchtime. Now, I continue this routine and I think that everyone should do the same!