Omega 3 and Vitamin D for a Back to School Boost
Give your children the best start to the school year with Omega-3 and Vitamin D to boost their immunity and brainpower.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential as they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food or supplements. You can think of these nutrients as building blocks of your child’s body. Omega-3s are essential for healthy brain development and function, visual function and healthy growth and development.
It’s especially important for growing children as without these important fats, it can become difficult for kids to concentrate, learn new information, and balance their moods properly. In fact, a 2012 study found Omega 3 DHA had a profound improvement in reading age, concentration and learning ability in children. It showed that lower levels of DHA were attributed to poorer reading and impaired performance.
One 2013 study by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine looked at how boys responded to Omega-3 DHA. Omega-3 DHA is as important to our brains, as calcium is to our bones. It accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. In the study, (McNamara RK et al) showed that subjects who consumed less DHA had slower reaction times and exhibited lower levels of concentration compared with subjects who consumed more DHA.
HOW MUCH IS NEEDED?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) state that you need 250 mg DHA daily to support healthy brain function. It is recommended that you eat 2-3 portions of oily fish (sardines, salmon, anchovies, mackerel) a week. Unfortunately, an IPSOS/MRBI survey showed that 89% of Irish people across all age groups fail to eat even one portion of oily fish per week, so there is often a need to supplement.
THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN
Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin, is well known for its role in building strong bones and teeth. It’s not just about bones though, it is also needed for a healthy immune system – helping the body to fight off infections such as throat infections and asthma. The Irish Osteoporosis Society has called on parents to keep vitamin D intake top of mind as we head for the winter months. Some 88% of primary school children in Ireland have been reported to have vitamin D intakes below the recommended amount, so supplementing with this vital nutrient may help to reduce their chance of missing school due to illness.
Ideal for all the family and not just children is Paradox Omega 3D Chews. A pleasant-tasting blackcurrant chew with Omega 3 and Vitamin D3, this chewable burst is delicious and nutritious so easy to take with no fishy taste. Each chew provides 275mg natural TG Omega 3 (higher than any shop-bought brand), as well as therapeutic levels of Vitamin D 400iu Suitable for all the family, especially children and the elderly, or those with swallowing difficulties.
Omega 3 and Vitamin D3 are essential for overall health: these natural ingredients support brain function, eye function, heart health, the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, and it delays the degradation of cartilage and lowers the production of inflammatory cells in the body. Everyone from pregnant mums, schoolchildren, teenagers and adults can benefit.
Paradox Omega 3D Chews is the perfect food supplement to obtain the correct daily amounts of natural Omega 3 and Vitamin D3. Blackcurrant flavoured, this chewable burst is delicious and nutritious so easy to take with no fishy taste.