Improve Behavior and School Function with DHA Fish Oil
September is all back to business after the summer sun and fun in Maine. Kids are in school, and adults have their heads back in the game. The change in routine can be a difficult adjustment for some children as bedtimes shift, and the pressures of school, homework, sports and socializing ramp up. DHA is one of the components of fish oil specifically associated with brain health, behavior and cognitive function. Evidence based studies have shown that children who receive this during infancy and childhood have improved behavior, memory, and learning ability.
There are several DHA supplements available. We like the Children’s DHA liquid by Nordic Naturals, providing 245 mg DHA per ½ tsp in an easy to take , pleasant tasting liquid form. This supplement also comes in a small strawberry flavored gelcap for children and teens who can swallow small pills. Omega 3 Gummies are a low potency compromise, as these are high in sugar, more expensive, and provide a fraction of the liquid dose.
Eating fish and other seafood is a great way for Maine kids to obtain DHA from their diet. Three servings of fish per week are recommended, preferably from local sources like haddock or fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring since they have higher levels if this vital nutrient. Tuna is only recommended once every 2 weeks due to potential mercury toxicity.
Have more questions about DHA and your child? Come in to our Nutraceutical department to speak with one of our wellness specialists. You can preview the range of Omega 3’s available for children and adults, and you or your kids can even sample some of the products!