Are Omega 3 Brain Supplements the Answer For Young Children?

Look around a grocery store for omega 3 food additives. A quick search would find them in bread, milk, butter products, cereal and even candy. Although much of the marketing is subtle, many of these are aimed at children. Some are not so subtle and even advertise themselves as brain supplements for children. These additives will not hurt anyone and can help a little but there are much better ways to improve your children’s and your own health.

First, a little background. The additives that are the most common are two omega 3 fatty acids called DHA and EPA. They come from fish oil, wild game, leafy greens and animals that eat leafy greens [not grains].

The American F.D.A. started allowing DHA to be added to baby formula in 2002. They joined dozens of other countries that had been doing this for years. Just recently, China has joined the party and will allow both DHA and EPA to be added to infant and adult food. What these governments and agencies have acknowledged, is that increasing numbers of children need diet help in the form of omega 3 brain supplements to stop a growing problem – omega 3 deficiencies.

Why is this important?

Omega 3 fats are not the saturated fats we associate with obesity. They are part of every cell membrane in the body and are part of the barrier that keeps the contents of the cells intact. This means that every organ of the body is dependent on them.

Why are they touted as brain supplements?

EPA and particularly DHA are quick change artists. Because Mind Lab Pro before and after they are so flexible, they can quickly adjust to the excitable cells in the neurons of the brain and retinas of the eyes. Their ability to rapidly change shape billions of times per second allow nerve cells to send their rapid signals. If mom is teaching the child to read, their ability to see and understand comes courtesy of the omega 3s found in fish oil.

Is it more important for children?

Absolutely. In the third trimester, the brain of the fetus is growing at a rate of 250,000 nerve cells per minute. Without enough omega 3s from the diet, the fetus will not have enough building blocks for key mental and visual growth. This leads to:

1] a seven point difference in the Mental Development Index.

2] a one line difference in vision tests for children at one year of age.

3] increased risk of ADD and depression.

4] increased risk of skin problems like eczema.