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Back to School: Omega-3s for Kids

By Tracy Shields 6 years ago 4047 Views

Now, more than ever, parents, children and teens not only need to know the benefits of omega-3s, they need to be getting these essential nutrients early in life.

Fact #1:  Omega-3s are essential for kid brainpower.  Deficiencies of omega-3 fatty acids are linked to decreased learning ability, ADHD, depression and dyslexia in kids.  Conversely, good fats in children’s and teens’ diets help with concentration, focus, increased learning ability and overall brain performance.  And because brain development begins in the uterus, higher concentrations of EPA and DHA (the molecules within omega-3s) are most important earlier in life.

Fact #2:  Prevention of heart disease starts early.  Let’s face it, when we’re 15 years old, we think we’ll live forever. And while it takes years for heart disease to develop, research now shows that it doesn’t take nearly as long as once thought.

Our bodies are strong, but they’re not invincible. And much of what made our ancestors strong (eating real, whole, natural foods) is not what our teens are eating today.  

Make a conscious choice to eat well now so that when you’re in your 40s, you don’t have to worry about all the damage you did when you were a young, indestructible kid. Omega-3s have been shown to be one of our best sources of prevention when it comes to heart disease.

Fact #3: Omega-3s are the building blocks of life.  In fact, DHA is responsible for helping our species evolve into humans. One of the most important discoveries of the past 100 years is that DHA, found in seafood, fueled the brain development of early man so much so that we were able to evolve from chimps to humans. That might not seem relevant today. But the truth is, without EPA and DHA in our daily diets, we are stunting our own evolution.

The scariest part of this finding is not the study itself, but rather, the reality of what kids eat today. The ratio of omega-3s (EPA and DHA) to omega-6s (like corn oils, which much of our diet consists of now) should be 1:1.  That’s an ideal, healthy ratio.

Instead, it is an alarming 25:1 for some individuals! Most troubling is that “excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and a very high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”1

Teach your kids to start taking their health seriously.  And talk to your doctor about having your children supplement their diet daily with either our delicious tasting omega-3 Res-Q 1250 liquid, (pour a teaspoon in their morning OJ) or easy to swallow omega-3 Res-Q 1250 softgel capsules.  Small change—life-changing.

 1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

#DHA, #EPA Posted in: The Res-Q Blog