Fish oil, preschool, and engaged parents raise child IQ
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors reviewed four groups of studies on child intelligence: supplement studies, early education, interactive reading, and preschool. Combining results, researchers found:
Pregnant mothers and newborns who took omega-3s raised the child’s IQ by more than 3.5 points.
Economically disadvantaged children enrolled in an early education program saw IQ rise by 4 to 7 points, with more-in-depth academic and social programs delivering the greatest benefit.
Children of parents who read to them and engaged the child in a conversation about the reading raised IQ by more than 6 points. Children who attended preschool had higher IQ than those who did not, and if the program included language development, the IQ gains were larger.