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Why Your Child Should Be Taking an Omega-3 Supplement

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  • The human body cannot create omega-3 fatty acids on its own, but these are essential to our health — particularly the health of children.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are needed to foster children’s brain development, vision, behavior and protect against asthma.
  • Puori’s omega-3 is ultra-refined, stringently tested and made from smaller fish carrying significantly fewer contaminants.

“The food that is good for the heart is likely to be good for the brain.” 

Hippocrates

Our bodies are unable to manufacture a subgroup of fats named omega-3 fatty acids, which is why scientists and nutritionists define them as “essential fatty acids.” We must obtain them from our diet. Most of us know something of the benefits of omega-3 for adults – for example, their important role in reducing the general level of inflammation in the body or their contribution to heart health. But did you know some of the most important effects of omega-3 can be seen in children?

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Fish oil is a major natural source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids exist in several different forms, but it is the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) component of fish oil which provides important benefits for the growth and development of young children.

Brain Development

DHA, though present throughout your body, is found especially in your eyes and brain. During early development of a child, the size and mass of their brain increases rapidly. In fact, the brain of a healthy older child or adult consists of around 60% fat (1) – the most lipid-rich organ in the body – and of that, DHA accounts for 40% (2).

Most of the growth of the brain is completed at around five years of age (1). For that reason, it’s important for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as their children (from around the age of three), to have a high-quality diet, including an adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Vision

Both maternal and early infancy fish oil supplementation may improve infant visual development. DHA has been found to significantly enhance visual acuity, or clearness of vision. In fact, the role of DHA is to change the expression of genes related to the development of the eyes.

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Asthma

Asthma, a lung disorder that can cause swelling in the lungs and shortness of breath, is ever increasing in incidence (3). According to the World Health Organization, asthma currently affects an estimated 235 million people worldwide. A meta-analysis which combined the results of multiple pieces of research identified that fish oil may reduce the risk of children developing asthma if the pregnant mother has a sufficient intake of oily fish sources (4).

Behavior

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Many studies have identified that children with ADHD have lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, compared to those children without ADHD. Though this doesn’t prove causation, other research findings have indicated that high-quality fish oil supplementation is one of the most promising treatments for those suffering from the condition (5).

Why Puori O3 Liquid?

Puori O3 Liquid is made from specially selected, fresh anchovies. Put simply, using these smaller fish — rather than larger fish such as tuna, salmon or herring higher up the food chain — results in significantly fewer contaminants in the basic raw material. Added to that, Puori O3 Liquid is ultra-refined and each batch is stringently tested by a third-party lab. You can be comforted with the knowledge that you and your child are getting the purest form of fish oil available when you purchase our product.

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Additionally, Puori O3 Liquid is mixed with a small amount of MCT oil, a very stable oil which buffers the fish oil along with antioxidants such as vitamin E and rosemary extract, to create a fresh and stable liquid supplement.

We understand that it’s not always easy to get your children to take a spoon of fish oil. Thankfully, Puori O3 is so fresh and purified that it has a completely neutral flavor — this means no fishy taste! For that reason, it’s easy to add Puori O3 Liquid in your children’s food.

Puori O3 Liquid is recommended for children over the age of three years. Try mixing it with yogurt, fruit juice or mashed vegetables. Your child won’t even know it’s there, but you will know that they are getting their daily recommended dose of high-quality omega-3 to help them thrive.

References

  1. “Essential fatty acids and human brain”, Chang, C., et al., 2009.
  2. “Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain”, Singh, M., 2005.
  3. “Vital signs: asthma prevalence, disease characteristics, and self-management education: United States, 2001—2009, CDC, 2009.
  4. “Fish and fish oil intake in relation to risk of asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, Yang, H., et al., 2013.
  5. “Diet in the treatment of ADHD in children—a systematic review of the literature”, Heilskov, R., et al., 2015. 

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