Omega-3 is chock full of incredible benefits for developing brains. Most North American children are deficient in DHA which is required for healthy brain and eye development. When it comes to children and Omega-3 supplementation, there is no limit to the potential advantages an organic, plant-derived source of DHA can have on the developing mind.
Want to raise genius children without really trying? Granted, you may need to put forth a little effort from time to time (READ! Read to and with your children from a young age, early and often) there is a scientifically proven means to improving your child’s reading level and cognition, which has also been shown to reduce ADHD behavior in addition to helping children sleep better at night. It’s found in the fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) present in Omega-3 supplements and it’s the equivalent of giving your child a direct shot of brain juice straight to their growing thinker. Am I advocating for performance enhancing elementary school drugs? Did Mozart compose his first symphony at the age of eight? Giving your child an Omega-3 supplement is a small and simple addition to your daily routine that can do a tremendous amount of good for them in the long-run.
In a 2011 study, researchers were surprised to find that Omega-3 supplementation in children with diagnosed ADHD showed a significant improvement in a decrease of symptoms. While the researches propped up the effect of pharmaceuticals administered in the study, the effect of Omega-3 supplementation in children could not go unnoticed. Young, elementary school aged children with severe levels of ADHD were focusing better, for longer periods of time and showing improved levels in concentration.
Additionally, in 2013 a study from Oxford University suggested that children who received Omega-3 DHA fatty acid supplementation experienced better, deeper sleep at night with a marked reduction is wakeful episodes and sleepwalking incidents. From the time of infancy to age 5, a child’s brain triples in mass. With neural pathways and connections being formed at such a rapid, exponential rate of growth, it makes sense why sleep is so critical for young children. The brain needs to rest and process the vast amount of information it takes in on a daily basis. Omega-3 fatty acid can help give your child a fuller, longer, more restful sleep at night and naps.
Unfortunately, most American children are deficient in DHA and consume less than optimal levels required for brain and eye development. As babies, breastmilk and some formulas provide this necessary fatty acid, but as toddlers and children grow up, they lose a critical source of DHA by not consuming enough fatty fish and organ meat in their diet to make up for this deficit. As any parent will tell you, getting a three-year-old to swallow a large, gelatinous capsule is no easy task. It’s practically impossible to provide conventional vitamins to young children in anything besides gummy form. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simpler, easier means to get your kids to take their vitamins?
With the addition of a well-balanced diet, Omega-3 can demonstrably improve behavior and concentration in children. As parents, anything we are sold as a quick and easy fix may not be the genuine deal, but plant-derived DHA could indeed be it.