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Omega 3 for Kids

By on Jan 10, 2010

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Omega 3 supplements for kidsOmega 3 Fatty Acid is one of the essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The other one is Omega 6. They are termed “essential” as the body does not produce these Fatty Acids, and so they have to be obtained from the diet. These are particularly important for growing kids.

Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it.  There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms.

Another Fatty Acid is Omega 9, although this is not strictly “essential” as the body does produce small amounts of it. There have been many studies and trials which have highlighted the benefits of supplementing with Omega 3 oils. In children, the results have highlighted improvements in behaviour, concentration and in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) symptoms.

Omega 3 contains two essential nutrients, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Whilst they are both important for health, DHA is more important for concentration as this essential nutrient is predominantly found in the brain.

Fatty Acids can be obtained from the diet. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are good sources of Omega 3 Oils. Vegetarians can obtain good levels of Omega 3 from seeds such as sesame seeds, linseeds, walnuts and dark green leafy vegetables.

There are also many companies that produce Omega 3 supplements for kids. Try to finds one with a low sugar content and higher levels of DHA, which is the more important essential nutrient for brain development.