HUBUNGAN ASUPAN MAKANAN ASAM LEMAK OMEGA 3;6 TERHADAP MEMORI JANGKA PENDEK ANAK SEKOLAH DASAR ISLAM AL-AZHAR 21 PONTIANAK TAHUN 2014

Neneng Wulandari .

Abstract


Background : Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are the important
essential fatty acids for children brain. Essential fatty acids play an
important role in biochemical process of human brain. Good short term
memory ability is important for school age children in order to improve their
academic achievement. There is no other research conducted the
correlation between intake of omega 3;6 fatty acids and short term
memory in Islamic elementary school student of Al-Azhar 21 Pontianak.
Objective : This research aims to find whether there is correlation
between intake of omega 3;6 fatty acids and short term memory in Islamic
elementary school student of Al-Azhar 21 Pontianak. Method : This is an
analytic study with cross-sectional approach. Sixty three participants are
recruited using non-probability sampling (consecutive sampling) technique.
Measurement was taken including subject’s height and weight. Short term
memory test was evaluated by digit span from Wechsler-Bellevue
Intelligence Scale for Children. Result : There is no significant correlation
between intake of omega 3;6 fatty acids and short term memory
(p=0,203). Conclusion : Intake of omega 3;6 fatty acids is not a primary
factor of increasing children short term memory, there are the others
factors like iron, stimulation, omega 3;6 during pregnancy, history of
exclusive breastfeeding and children’s age which support the increasing of
short term memory.
KEYWORDS: Intake of omega-3 and omega-6, Short term memory


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