Impact of Omega-3 and Vitamin E Supplementation on Cognitive Abilities Among School Children in Fourth Class in Rafah Province

Al-Jazzar, Yaser (2017) Impact of Omega-3 and Vitamin E Supplementation on Cognitive Abilities Among School Children in Fourth Class in Rafah Province. Masters thesis, Al Azhar University Gaza.

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Fatty acids are major structural components for the cell membranes in the whole body and are present in high concentrations in the central nervous system including the brain. This study aimed to examine the impact of omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin E on school achievement and cognitive abilities among fourth class students. The sample of the study consisted of 96students(53 males and 43 females) with low school achievement from fourth class, in UNRWA Schools, and governmental schoolsfrom Rafah province who completed the course of omega-3 and vitamin E for 16 weeks. For data collection, the researcher used school records, cognitive abilities test, and anthropometric measures. Data were collected twice,at baseline and after 16 weeks of receiving the supplement. The results showed that 47.9%of children were from UNRWA schools and 52.1% from governmental schools, 21.9% were studying less than one hour at home, and 68.8% studying for 1 – 2 hours, 64.6% watch TV for 1 – 2 hours, and 20.8% watch TV more than 2 hours, 14.6% sleep less than 8 hours, and 79.2% sleep between 8 – 10 hours, 13.5% had breast feeding for 3 months and less, 27.1%had breast feeding for 4 – 9 months, 39.6%had breast feeding for 10 – 15 months, and 19.8%had breast feeding for 16 – 24 months.The mean body weight of the children was 28.187 kg, mean height was 1.29 m, the mean BMI was 16.759. The results also showed that only 8.3% of fathers had university education, 57.3% had secondary school education, and 34.4% had preparatory school and less, while6.3% of mothers had university education, 56.3% had secondary school, and 37.5% had prep school and less. For income, only 2.1% of families had a monthly income of 3000 NIS and more, 10.4% earn between 2000 – 2900 NIS per month, 28.1% earn between 1000 – 1900 NIS per month, and 59.4% earn less than 1000 NIS per month.Assessment of selected food consumption, 63.5% of children eat fish one time per week, 6.3% eat fish two times per week, and for vegetables, 28.1% eat vegetables 7 times weekly, 18.8% eat vegetables 6 times weekly, and 11.5% eat vegetables 4 times weekly, 37.5% of children eat chips 7 times weekly.For school achievement, there were statistically significant differences at α < 0.05 between the students' scores in first term (m= 57.53) and scores in second term (m= 64.74), P= 0.001.Also, there were statistically significant differences at α< 0.05 between the scores obtained in the pre-test (m= 65.16) and scores obtained in post-test (m= 77.43), P= 0.001. The results did not show significant differences in school achievement and cognitive abilities related to type of school and gender. In conclusion, the resultsreflected that omega-3 and vitamin E supplement was effective in improving school achievement and cognitive abilities among children. The study raised the need to encourage consumption of fish and fish oil supplement for proper brain development and cognitive function.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: أ. طارق زياد عبد حنونة
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 08:45
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 08:45

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