Published on Sept 29,2023
Gummy Goodness: Omega-3 Gummy Chews and Children's Health
As parents, we are constantly seeking practical ways to support our children's growth and nutritional well-being. Enter omega-3 fatty acids - an essential nutrient with a growing body of scientific evidence supporting its significant role in children's overall health, brain function, and the development of eyes and nerves1.
Omega-3 Sources and Supplements
To harness the power of omega-3 for your child's health, consider incorporating the following sources into their diet:
- Fatty Fish: Salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are excellent sources of EPA and DHA 1,2.
- Plant-Based Options: Flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts are rich in ALA, a precursor that can be converted to DHA and EPA in the body 1,2.
- Fortified Foods: Some foods, such as certain eggs or milk, are fortified with omega-3 for added nutritional benefit 1,2.
- Supplements: Omega-3 supplements, specifically designed for children, can provide a convenient and reliable way to ensure they meet their daily requirements.
Understanding the Science Behind Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are often celebrated for their numerous health benefits in adults as well as children1. The three main types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 1. ALA is primarily found in plant-based sources, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and hemp seeds1. EPA and DHA are present in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout as well as some other seafood1.
The human body cannot produce omega-3 on its own, so it must be obtained through diet or supplements1,2. ALA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid, however it’s EPA and DHA that have undergone extensive clinical studies for their health-promoting effects1,2. The body is capable of converting ALA to EPA and DHA, but it is critical to note is that this conversion in the body is relatively limited, typically less than 5%3. As a result, relying solely on ALA-rich foods for adequate EPA and DHA intake might not provide sufficient levels of these beneficial fatty acids.
A growing body of scientific evidence supports omega-3's significant role in children's overall health, brain function, and the development of eyes and nerves1,4. Numerous studies have examined the effects of maternal seafood and omega-3 intakes on visual and cognitive development, and other children’s health outcomes1,4,5. Researchers suggest that high concentrations of omega-3 DHA are present in the cellular membranes of the brain and retina, and omega-3s are important for fetal growth and development1,4.
- Brain Function
- Development of the eyes and nerves
DHA is especially important to brain and nervous system development during the first two years of life1.The eyes are a marvel of biology and nature!! Omega-3 plays a vital role in their development and maintenance1,6. DHA is found in high concentrations in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye6,7. This fatty acid is crucial for the proper functioning of photoreceptor cells, enabling us to perceive the world clearly and accurately6,7. Research suggests that although DHA represents a small percentage of the fatty acids in most tissues (1–5%), it accounts for approximately 50–60% of the total fatty acid content within rod outer segments of photoreceptors 6,7.
There is scientific evidence supporting the positive impact of omega-3 on children's development and the evidence suggests that omega-3 EPA and DHA plays a vital role in brain function, maintenance of good health and development of eyes and nerves in children up to 12 years of age1,4.
While dietary sources of omega-3 are essential, children who may not consume sufficient amounts of omega-3-rich foods can benefit from high-quality omega-3 supplements designed specifically for their age group. Consult with healthcare professionals to determine the appropriate dosage for your child's needs.
NutraSea Omega-3 Kids Gummy Chews
Introducing NutraSea Omega-3 Kids Gummy Chews! These gummies are a fun and easy way for kids to receive their omega-3 intake in a yummy tropical citrus flavor that they'll love. Whether it's a day at home or a family travel adventure, these gummies are the ideal on-the-go companion, conveniently packaged in blister-sealed packs. With 10 times the EPA and DHA content compared to other leading omega-3 gummies*, NutraSea Omega-3 Kids gummy chews ensure your child's health and cognitive development are well-cared for. NutraSea Omega-3 Kids Gummy Chews are PureCheck verifable and tested for purity and potency. They are also Friend of the Sea certified, and 1% of profits are contributed to environmental causes through the "1% for the Planet" initiative.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Accessed on 08/03/2023 from: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/
- Essential Fatty Acids. Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute. Accessed on 08/03/2023 from: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/other-nutrients/essential-fatty-acids
- Plourde, M. and S.C. Cunnane, Extremely limited synthesis of long chain polyunsaturates in adults: implications for their dietary essentiality and use as supplements. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 2007. 32(4): p. 619-34.
- DiNicolantonio JJ, O'Keefe JH. The Importance of Marine Omega-3s for Brain Development and the Prevention and Treatment of Behavior, Mood, and Other Brain Disorders. Nutrients. 2020;12(8):2333. Published 2020 Aug 4. doi:10.3390/nu12082330033
- Querques G, Forte R, Souied EH. Retina and omega-3. J Nutr Metab. 2011;2011:748361. doi:10.1155/2011/748361
- Rotstein NP, Politi LE, German OL, Girotti R. Protective effect of docosahexaenoic acid on oxidative stress-induced apoptosis of retina photoreceptors. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2003;44(5):2252-2259. doi:10.1167/iovs.02-0901
*Claim based on IQVIA L52W period ending May 20, 2023 for National FDM.
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