Your Kids May Need A Fish Oil Supplement to Improve Behavior
Children need nutrients to grow and thrive, so many parents ensure that they provide an array of fresh vegetables and fruit along with meat and fish to help kids get all of the nutrients they need. However, there are certain circumstances where this may become more difficult to achieve as some children are very picky eaters, some families have very limited funds for nutritious food with food scarcity becoming an issue, and some children have restrictive diets due to health issues, allergies or even because of lifestyle choices such as vegetarianism. While multivitamins can be helpful in filling in the gaps of some common nutritional deficits for kids, eating nutrient rich whole foods is still the best way for your child to absorb the nutrients and micronutrients needed. But, did you think to look to your child’s diet if a behavior problem is identified? Some studies suggest that adding Omega3 fatty acids to a child’s diet can have positive influences on behavior and function, such as those associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Omega 3 in Food
Omega3s are found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, smelts and anchovies, and lower amounts are also found in tree nuts such as walnuts and almonds or seeds such as flax seeds and chia seeds. With concerns over mercury being presence in fish, it is recommended that pregnant and nursing women in particular limit their consumption of eating fish, but there are also several supplements such as molecularly distilled fish oil and plant-based supplements with algae or flax seed oil and chia seed oil.
There is documented evidence reporting that Omega3s help prevent heart disease and lower triglyceride levels, ensuring that there are significant health benefits to adding this to our diets. While the benefits on children’s behavior is currently being explored, there is very positive anecdotal evidence supporting positive outcomes in adding Omega3s to help level out moods, improve concentration and cognitive functioning and reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors. New evidence reveals the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids and brain health.
Little Boy with Good Behavior
As a preventative measure, there is also evidence that reports on the benefits of Omega3s for pregnant and nursing women, aiding in the systemic and neurological development and functioning of the infant through gestation and breast milk. It follows that if a child receives an adequate amount of Omega3s while developing in the womb and/or through breast feeding, the cognitive, systemic and neurological growth supported by Omega3s will have sustained effects for these children.
Some studies have shown that children with ADHD have a deficiency in Omega3s, which isn’t surprising as many adults also have such a deficiency. An American diet rich in red meat, carbohydrates and processed foods tends to lack many vitamins, minerals and healthy fats such as Omega3s. Adding regular servings of oily fish, nuts and seeds would help to close the gap in this deficit, or fish oil or plant-based Omega3 supplements are widely available to provide this essential fat for youth and the whole family.