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Did you know that October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month? According to the ADA, vegetarians are at lower risk for developing heart disease; colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers; diabetes; and hypertension (high blood pressure), as well as being at lower risk of becoming obese. But vegetarians may need to add in supplements to make sure they get all the vitamins and nutrients they need – things like B Vitamins, Iron, Protein, and Omega-3’s.
(In the interests of full disclosure, let me note here that I am not personally a vegetarian, nor is anyone in my household. I think my husband would rather starve to death – and probably would!)
I’ve talked before about Omega-3s and their health benefits. You can check out my review of Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega Junior supplements, but the information bears repeating so that’s just what I’m going to do.
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.
But what about if you’re a vegetarian? Depending on your personal stance, any product derived from animals – including fish oil supplements – may violate your dietary guidelines. Nordic Naturals has a variety of products that are made without the use of animals of any kind that are ideal for vegans and strict vegetarians:
- Baby’s DHA Vegetarian
- Algae Omega
- Nordic GLA
- Vitamin D3 Vegan
- Vitamin C Gummies
- Nordic Probiotic
As I mentioned, I’m not personally a vegetarian. But, I also don’t care for the taste of most seafood – particularly the fishy aftertaste that can come from Omega-3 supplements. Blech. So even for non-vegetarians, supplements that come from other sources than animals can be useful and beneficial.
Nordic Naturals Algae Omega Soft Gels are 100% vegetarian, and one of the very few algae oils with significant amounts of EPA. These supplements are sustainably sourced: they’re made from microalgae, which is the original source of marine omega-3.
For the little ones in your life, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA Vegetarian offers a 100% vegetarian source of marine omega-3s for babies 6 months or older. The included measured dropper lets you easily add this supplement to baby’s formula or food.
Both of these products are non-GMO, hexane free, AND certified by the American Vegetarian Association. What I really love about the Algae Omega is that I can get the benefits of omega-3s without that fishy aftertaste (which even people who like seafood aren’t especially fond of). These are small, easy-to-swallow soft gels that have a very mild “kelp-like” scent. The scent of the Baby’s DHA is even milder, and not noticeable once it’s mixed with food. My little guy just hit 19 months, and I’ve been giving him 2 mL of the Baby’s DHA mixed in with a softer food (like applesauce) or his milk once per day. The dosing chart on the side lets you know how much your baby should get based on his or her weight. (My little chunker is 34 pounds, which almost takes him off the dosage chart!) He’s not a particularly picky eater to start with, but doesn’t seem to notice the addition at all.
You can purchase Nordic Naturals products online (make sure you check out the Omega Club – automatic quarterly shipments with a 15% discount and free shipping!) or at many brick and mortar health food stores. Nordic Naturals Algae Omega Soft Gels are available online for $27.95 for a 60-count bottle; Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA Vegetarian is available online for $29.95 for a 1 oz. bottle.
One lucky Dividing by Zero reader is going to WIN a Nordic Naturals Vegetarian Prize Pack! The prize package includes a 60-count bottle of Algae Omega Soft Gels, a bottle of Baby’s DHA Vegetarian, and a Nordic Naturals Swag Bag! This giveaway, valued at over $60, is open worldwide and ends November 1, 2014 at 11:59pm (EST).
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