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According to experts, children should eat a variety of fish once or twice a week as they are a great source omega-3 fatty acids, specifically the EPA and DHA which have many proven health benefits. Unfortunately, a lot of kids do not get to eat the recommend amount and for some, none at all! But the question is, should we let our kids take Omega-3 supplements instead of just letting them eat more fish?
Let’s talk about reality here. The most ideal thing would be to get the necessary nutrients from the food that we eat. However, when it comes to Omega-3, many people do not have access to fresh fish everyday and truthfully, not all kids will eat fish without putting up a fight! Aside from these, there is also the worry about the presence of heavy metals in the fish that we eat. Eating mercury-contaminated fish poses a high risk especially to children.
As a personal choice? Aside from doing my best in providing them healthy meals everyday, I let my kids take Omega-3 supplements because it gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m doing something to ensure their overall health.
With several hospital admissions and visits to the doctor last year, I am kicking my parenting game up a notch this year by changing our lifestyle and diet to healthier ones and that includes adding essential supplements to our daily intake.
If you are still on the fence about letting your kids take Omega-3 supplements, here are some of the reasons why I’m doing it.
Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. Always discuss the use of any medication or supplement with your doctor.
Here are some of the reasons why you should let your kids take omega-3 supplements
Omega-3 helps maintain brain and eye health
DHA, the long chain Omega-3 fatty acid is the key building block for brain development and also supports eyesight development. You can make sure that your kids are getting the sufficient amount of these important nutrients by supplementing their diet with Omega-3.
Omega-3 can help reduce acne in teens
Some studies have shown the potential of Omega 3 in helping reduce acne and this is good news for my son who is turning 13 this coming February. Like most tweens and teenagers with raging hormones, he is suffering from pimples and acne. He has been taking NeoMegalife’s DHA Junior for a few weeks now and his pimples have significantly cleared up!
Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce asthma attack
As an anti-inflammatory, it is said that it may reduce airway inflammation. A study found that those who took supplements had fewer symptoms after exercise and healthy diet compared to those who did not. Both my kids have asthma so adding Omega-3 into their diet is my way of preventing their asthma from getting worse.
Aside from these, there are so many materials about the benefits of Omega-3 on print and online that you can refer to but the question now is choosing among the many Omega-3 supplements out there. We are currently using NeoMega Life DHA Junior (in chewable orange flavored softgel capsules!) while I’m taking the Ultra Omega and I highly recommend this brand.
All NEOMEGA Omega 3 products underwent state-of-the-art purification process through molecular distillation in a state-of-the-art GMP-certified manufacturing facilities in the EU to eliminate traces of heavy metals to conform to international standards and all ingredients have been clinically tested for efficacy and potency making their products safe and effective.
NeoMega source its EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acid from ultra-pure fish oil using good traditional practices. These ingredients then undergo molecular distillation process to ensure high quality.
When to take omega-3?
Experts believe that the ideal time to take omega-3 is after dinner so that’s what we’re doing at home. I just keep the bottles in the fridge so I don’t forget to take mine (and to avoid oxidation!) and the kids have gotten used to taking it everyday that they automatically get a gel each every after dinner. LIE! I HAVE TO REMIND THEM EVERY NIGHT!
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