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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Children and Omega 3’s

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Children and Omega 3’s

If you’re not familiar with what omega-3 fatty acids are, read A Quick Introduction toOmega-3 Fatty Acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids provide great benefits for all children, as they are used to help grow a healthy body, keep the heart strong, and ensure that a growing brain is able to think and process information. Although more research needs to be done before supplement recommendations can be made for all children, exciting studies are currently looking at the therapeutic use of omega 3’s for:

  • Increasing intelligence and neurological development in infants and older children
  • Improving behavior among children with autism and ADHD
  • Managing asthma symptoms among children
  • Decreasing the number of flare-ups among children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

The consensus among professional agencies like the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute of Health is that fish oil supplements should not be given to children under the age of 18 without supervision by a medical doctor.

However, there are a number of tasty omega-3 foods that children will love. The American Heart Association says that kids may safely consume up to 12 ounces of low-mercury seafood per week. Some omega-3 rich food sources that families can enjoy:

  • Salmon
  • Cod (great in fish sticks)
  • Shrimp/Lobster
  • Catfish
  • Pollock
  • Crab
  • Scallops
  • Flounder/Sole
  • Light canned tuna fish

Tips for feeding your child fish or shellfish:

  • Avoid serving high mercury fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tile fish), as mercury can be toxic to children.
  • Don’t go overboard with canned light tuna, as it is a bit higher in mercury than other fish. Aim to only have tuna once per week.
  • Variety is best! By varying the types of fish that you eat, you can help reduce your children’s risk of consuming mercury and other toxins.
  • Make eating seafood fun! Try baked fish sticks, crab cakes, seafood tacos, or fish kabobs.

Now that you know about how to feed your children, learn why Parents Need Omega 3’s Too!

 


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About the Author

Dr. Rachel Blaine, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition professor at California State University, Long Beach whose research focuses on child feeding etc. She received her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has years of experience supervising community health programs, freelance writing, conducting research, and developing nutrition educational materials and curricula. When she’s not working, Rachel loves experimenting in the kitchen with her family, and being active in her church and community.


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