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:
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:
Tips for feeding your child fish or shellfish:
Now that you know about how to feed your children, learn why Parents Need Omega 3’s Too!