The Best Supplement to Help Your Kids Excel in School
September 14, 2018 at 19:27 by Barlean's
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Most parents know that kids need to eat right and get plenty of sleep to do well in school. But, getting kids to eat healthy foods is one of the biggest challenges every parent faces. That’s why health-savvy moms and dads buy their kids nutritional supplements, especially Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that Omega-3s support a child’s memory, focus and learning and with the new school year underway, it’s time to get serious about Omega-3s for your kids.
The ABCs of Omega-3s
Before you run to your local health food store, there a few things you need to know. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids (EFAs). That means two things: the body can’t produce it so it has to be part of the diet, and it’s critical for staying healthy. There are three types of Omega-3s: ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). Fish oil and cod liver oil are rich sources of the two most important fatty acids, DHA and EPA. The body converts ALA, which is found in flaxseed and various vegetable oils and nuts, into DHA and EPA.
From Babies to Teens, Your Kids Need Omega-3s
As infants, DHA plays an important role in the development of the brain, eyes and nervous system. This isn’t too surprising since the retina of the eye consist largely of fatty tissue and DHA makes up to 20 to 30 percent of the brain.
When children are toddlers, Omega-3s continue to help support healthy vision and cognitive and behavioral development. And, once your child enters school, Omega-3s remain a key component to their success as it supports memory, focus and cognitive development. As teens and young adults, Omega-3s help support hormonal health, positive mood and heart health.
Getting Omega-3s Into Your Kid’s Diet
Of course, the very best way to get Omega-3s (and all other important nutrients) is through a healthy diet. But kids can be fussy eaters, so it’s easy for them to become Omega-3 deficient. The typical American diet doesn’t help either. It’s loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids (vegetable oils such as corn and sunflower, and animas raised on grain, instead of green vegetation), trans-fatty acids from fried foods and hydrogenated oils, all of which interfere with the conversion of ALA to the much-needed EPA and DHA.
That’s why the easiest and most effective way to get your kids enough Omega-3s is with a dietary supplement. Fortunately, finding supplements for kids has never been easier. Barlean’s Seriously Delicious Omega-3 (formerly Omega Swirl), is a simple and delicious way for kids to enjoy the essential nutrition they need. With multiple flavors and formulas, it’s easy to find an option that even the pickiest kids will love. Plus, Seriously Delicious Omega-3s are emulsified, which not only makes them creamy and delicious, but also provides 3 times better absorption than standard liquid fish and flax oils. Learn more about emulsification here.
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