Nordic Naturals, the #1 fish oil in the U.S., is sponsoring the What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway September 20th through October 31, 2013 and you can enter your school to win $3,000 in school supplies from Nordic Naturals.

The first 500 schools to be entered will receive a copy of Pat Wyman’s best-selling book Amazing Grades: 101 Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster for their school library.

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Why is an omega-3 supplement company concerned about kids, schools, and education, you might ask?

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Nordic Naturals, a global company based in Watsonville, CA, is committed to giving each generation what it needs to grow healthy and strong. That begins with exceptionally pure and fresh omega  oils—essential for optimal health at any age. Omega-3 fish oils are especially critical for children and students because of the many ways they support brain health.

In the worldwide goodwill book, Amazing Grades, contributor Dr. Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for Nordic Naturals, writes:

“Recent research suggests that the brain’s frontal lobe, which is associated with impulse control, planning, organization, and decision-making abilities, continues to grow well into a person’s twenties. “We need all those skills to succeed in life, but especially to succeed in school.”

Dr. Marshall goes on to explain that extensive clinical research shows that the omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil help nourish the brain and offer key benefits in these areas.

Unfortunately, Americans of all ages consume too few omega-3s, found in cold-water fish like salmon and sardines. This problem is made worse by the fact that most people also consume too many omega-6s—essential fatty acids that compete for space with omega-3s in our cells and contribute to poor health. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in processed foods and in vegetable oils like corn and soy found in so many of the foods we eat.

“This imbalance in the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats,” Dr. Marshall says in Amazing Grades, “can promote inflammation and may contribute to a variety of health problems, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and other behavioral and psychological issues.

The good news, Dr. Marshall says, is that a growing number of studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids can have powerful, positive effects throughout the body, including in the brain.

Some of the impressive findings include:

  • Attention and Behavior: In a University of South Australia clinical study, 132 children with ADHD between the ages of 7 and 12 who were not on medication were given fish oil capsules. At the end of the study, they were calmer, less impulsive, and showed improvements in attention, behavior, and vocabulary.
  • Grades and Test Scores: Studies show that just the simple addition of cold-water fish to the diet once a week improves grades and leads to higher scores on intelligence tests.
  • Learning and Literacy: Improvements in verbal learning and spelling, better information retention, and even taking fewer sick days from school were some of the outcomes noted in a group of children who regularly took omega-3 fish oil supplements. That research was conducted with 355 children between the ages of 7 and 12.
  • Memory and Problem Solving: During pregnancy, mothers preferentially transfer their own stores of omega-3 to their developing babies. “Researchers have found that children whose mothers consumed enough of these healthy fats while pregnant are more likely to score higher on tests of memory function,” Dr. Marshall writes, “while other evidence suggests that babies who receive formula supplemented with EPA and DHA do better at problem-solving tasks than their peers.”
  • Lasting Benefits: Research also supports the fact that taking omega-3s has lasting cognitive benefits. Eighteen-year-olds who ate more fish at 15 outperformed their non-fish eating counterparts on tests of combined intelligence, verbal performance, and visiospatial performance.

Dr. Marshall summarizes, in Amazing Grades, “Studies like these demonstrate just how important it is to get omega-3s throughout childhood and adolescence. enter your school to win $3,000 in school supplies from Nordic Naturals

Yet most people aren’t getting anywhere near what they should. That’s why I and many health care experts recommend supplementing with omega-3s in the form of fish oil (algae oil if you’re vegetarian).”

Dr. Marshall recommends Nordic Naturals award-winning supplements for children because of their exceptional purity and freshness, delivery systems kids enjoy (gummies, chewable soft gels and liquids), and great taste.

To read more of Dr. Marshall’s article, enter your school to win $3,000 in school supplies from Nordic Naturals in the Nordic Naturals What’s Essential School Supplies Giveaway and win a copy of Pat Wyman’s book Amazing Grades for your school library! Good luck with your entry to the What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway. We will announce the Winner of the What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway shortly after the entry deadline.

 Pat WymanPat Wyman is a college professor, best-selling author of several books, founder of and known as America’s Most Trusted Learning Expert. 

She is an expert in neuroscience and how people learn and often writes about the value of omega 3’s and their positive effects on the brain and grades. She is also the recipient of the James Patterson Page Turner Award for her work for literacy.

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