Getting kids to eat healthy and get enough vitamins and nutrients can be a never-ending struggle. It can be even more of a challenge if you have children with special needs. With two boys on the spectrum, issues involving food occur pretty frequently. Texture issues, color issues, even placement issues (foods absolutely cannot touch one another).
What are Omega-3s?
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are critical building blocks of child development. EFAs affect healthy brain development and visual function and support an overall healthy nervous system. EPA and DHA are omega-3 essential fatty acids that are found in fish and fish oil. Our bodies can’t produce these EFAs, so we have to get them through our food or through supplements.
There’s been a lot of research on the benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil:
- Omega-3s are linked to better grades in teens
- Fish Oil has been linked to reduced ADHD symptoms
- Omega-3s boost memory and learning in kids
- Fish Oil supplementation during pregnancy may decrease infant allergies
- DHS supplementation during pregnancy may decrease cold symptoms in your new baby
A recent study also found that only 22% of children aged 4-8 meet the expert-recommended adequate intake for the omega-3s EPA and DHA. And other studies really caught my attention – a small pilot study looked at a group of children who were diagnosed with at least moderate autism and who were given EPA and DHA supplements for twelve weeks. The study showed that eight out of nine children improved by roughly 33% on the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist, and none of the children worsened or had any side effects. Another study looked at the relationship between omega-3s and hyperactivity in children with ASD. The children receiving the omega-3 supplements were shown to have reduced hyperactivity. These studies were small pilot studies, but suggest that omega-3 EFAs may have positive therapeutic benefits for children on the autism spectrum. As a mom of two kiddos on the spectrum, I definitely plan to continue to provide Omega-3 supplements to my kids after reading this information!
You can learn more about all the health benefits of Omega-3s on the Nordic Naturals website.
Our thoughts: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Junior supplements are a double-strength EPA+DHA formula for increased omega-3 benefits and are recommended for ages five through teens. These are described as strawberry flavored, but to me they tasted more like a strawberry bubble gum flavor. (Yes, in the interests of being a thorough reviewer, I tried them myself too). For a fish oil supplement, the taste was surprisingly good, although there was a bit of an aftertaste (although not a fishy aftertaste, which is great). My 13-year-old son, Dustin, put it thusly: “They tasted good at first.” The good news is that these are small soft gels (half the size of regular soft gels) that can be either chewed or swallowed. But even my very picky eater doesn’t mind the taste much, although he prefers to follow it up with something to drink before the aftertaste sets in.
Vitamin C for Kids
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for kids. Vitamin C supports many of the body’s physiological functions and also helps support the immune system and provides antioxidant protection. Nordic Naturals Vitamin C Gummies are recommended for ages four and up, and contain 250mg of Vitamin C per serving. These supplements are 100% vegetarian, pectin based and gelatin free, and don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
Our thoughts: These are described as a Tart Tangerine flavor, and if my son had his way, he would snack on these all day – they taste that good. I also tried one of these, and they really do taste just like a sour gummy candy.
As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, Nordic Naturals looks for ways to invest in the future of families through meaningful community and national partnerships. Nordic Naturals has partnered with the Kids in Need Foundation in the “Buy to Give” campaign. The Kids in Need Foundation has one simple goal – to provide kids in need with the supplies they need to be successful in school. So far they’ve distributed more than $550 million in school supplies to low-income areas and has awarded $1.5 million in grants to teachers. They serve 3.6 million students and 120,000 teachers annually! You can learn more about the Kids in Need Foundation and all the great work they do on their website and by watching the video below.
- Baby’s DHA
- Children’s DHA
- Complete Omega Junior
- Ultimate Omega Junior
- Nordic Omega-3 Gummies
- Vitamin C Gummies
- Nordic Berries
You can purchase these products and help Nordic Naturals provide a backpack to a child in need on the Nordic Naturals website (keep reading for a 15% off discount code!)
- Nordic Naturals Website
- Nordic Naturals on Facebook
- Nordic Naturals on Twitter
- Kids in Need Foundation / Nordic Naturals Partnership
- Kids in Need Foundation on Facebook
- Kids in Need Foundation on Twitter
- Kids in Need Foundation on YouTube
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