Are Omega-3s Good For Kids?
By now you know of the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, their widespread deficiency in the American diet and your body’s need for them. Like many, you’ve added a few servings of fish to your diet and started taking a high quality omega-3 DHA and EPA supplement. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t like you. They are not getting enough essential fats in their diet and they don’t take an omega-3 supplement. To make matters worse, if we don’t get enough omega-3s, chances are our children don’t either, and they really need them.
Because most Americans are deficient in omega-3s, adding these essential fats back into the diet is a must, especially in young children – much of their critical growth and development relies on omega-3 fats. Supplementing a child’s diet with omega-3s balances out what should normally be available in their diet and ensures that a developing brain, nervous tissue and eyes will have what they need to grow and function properly.
The widespread deficiency of omega-3s and the profound benefit noted when normal levels are returned, has gotten the attention of mainstream medicine and are rapidly becoming part of traditional therapies for both adults and children.
Omega-3s seem to exhibit health benefits for every age group, from the elderly to the newborn, even the unborn.
Years of published clinical studies have demonstrated that omega-3s, specifically DHA and EPA, not only support heart, brain and eye health, but they have also shown help with dozens of other conditions related to inflammation.
Many diseases seem to be related to the body’s inflammatory process. One of the most important benefits of omega-3s is that they seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body and that may be how they help address certain conditions.
Eye, brain and nervous tissue have a high concentration of both DHA and EPA. Diet deficiencies have shown to affect various brain functions including decision-making.
However, the research suggests that the most critical time for optimum omega-3 levels is when eye, brain and nervous tissue are first being created in the womb. Omega-3 DHA and EPA make up a large part of these tissues and is vital to their proper development, both before and after birth. Nursing mothers should continue to make sure they are taking in sufficient omega-3s. DHA and EPA are not only important in the production of breast milk, but those fatty acids delivered to the newborn through the milk are vital to their development. From a developing fetus, to nursing newborn, to toddler right up to young adult, omega-3s could be considered one of the single most important supplements a child can take.