food for the brain

Championing optimum nutrition for the mind

Action plan for managing dyslexia/dyspraxia

Up your intake of essential omega-3 fats

This means eating fish at least twice a week, seeds on most days and supplementing omega 3 fish oils.

The best fish for EPA, the type of omega 3 fat that’s been most thoroughly researched are: mackerel (1,400mg per 100g/3oz), herring/kipper (1,000mg), sardines (1,000mg), fresh (not tinned) tuna (900mg), anchovy (900mg), salmon(800mg), trout (500mg). Tuna, being high in mercury is best eaten not more than twice a month.

The best seeds are flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds are so small they are best ground and sprinkled on cereal. Alternatively, use flax seed oil, for example in salad dressings. While technically providing omega 3 only about 5% of the type of omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) in these seeds is converted in your body into EPA.

Finding help

If you would like further help, you can visit our clinic the Brain Bio Centre which specialises in optimum nutrition for mental health recovery. We have helped many people with dyslexia/dyspraxia, by working with them to create personalised nutritional programmes based upon their health history, symptoms and test results. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, please click here.

Alternatively a register of nutritional therapists in your local area can be found by visiting the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).

Further reading

Optimum2Optimum Nutrition for your Child
Patrick Holford and Deborah Colson, 2010
This book aims to help parents ensure that their children are healthy, happy and bright. It includes information on:
What to feed your child and what to avoid for optimum good health and development.
Which foods can improve your child's mood and behaviour and boost their inteligence.
How to prevent or overcome common childhood problems such as obesity, food allergies, sleep problems and ADHD.

£2 from each book sale is donated to Food for the Brain.