Up until the 1960s, children were given a spoonful of cod liver oil every morning to protect them from diseases such as the dreaded rickets and to strengthen the body and mind of the growing child. Many adults today still shudder at the fishy-tasting oil that was extracted from the liver of local fish such as cod and other fish species – and are glad that he can offer his children better digestible alternatives today.
The Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
What was not so clear in the past is now widely known: The most important components of liver oil are the omega-3 fatty acids it contains, which the human body needs and which it cannot produce itself. Pregnant women already have to make sure that they have a sufficient supply of omega-3 fatty acids so that the unborn child’s brain can develop healthily. One study even showed that children whose mothers took additional omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation later had a higher intelligence quotient than children whose mothers had not paid attention to this supply!
Omega 3 fatty acids are also important for adolescent children: they not only strengthen the brain and promote the child’s intelligence, but also the immune system. Children who are not sufficiently supplied with these important nutrients are much more susceptible to allergies, neurodermatitis, asthma and intestinal problems such as Crohn’s disease.
The supply of omega-3 fatty acids in children
By far the most important natural source of omega-3 fatty acids is linseed oil, the only vegetable oil that contains far more omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids. Linseed oil can be used, for example, in salads and sauces. In some regions linseed oil is also used similar to olive oil in the Mediterranean as a dip for bread. However, there are only a few children who like the taste of linseed oil – so forcing it on them is hardly any different from the previously feared cod liver oil. Other vegetable oils such as walnut oil and rapeseed oil contain far less omega-3 fatty acids, but are more readily accepted, e.g. as a delicious dressing in salads.
Fortunately, there are also fatty sea fish full of Omega 3 fatty acids – and which child doesn’t like to eat fish fingers or fried fish? Ideal suppliers include mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon and sardines, while freshwater fish such as trout contain hardly any omega 3 fatty acids. Fish should be served at least 2 to 3 times a week – in addition to fish fingers, there can also be a delicious salad with mackerel, a summer cold dinner with sardines or a pasta dish with fresh salmon.
Dietary supplements close the gap
If children are not inspired by fish at all, parents can also use dietary supplements. Instead of the previously feared spoonful of cod liver oil, there are now tasty fruit-tasting liquid products such as OMEGA 3 Junior by Doppelherz, which provides children with the daily requirement for omega-3 fatty acids.
The dietary supplement in its liquid form of double heart contains omega-3 fatty acids, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E as well as the water-soluble B vitamins and vitamin C. Vitamin E is responsible for protecting the cell against oxidative stress. Vitamin C and vitamin D are important for the immune system, and vitamin D also plays a role in the utilization of calcium. Vitamin A helps to promote normal visual functions. All vitamin B contained in the product has functions in the normal energy metabolism. In addition to the mental performance through pantothenic acid, many of these vitamins also contribute to supporting the normal function of the nervous system.
We have tested the Omega-3-Junior liquid product extensively. Already after two weeks it was to be felt that the efficiency rises and also the smaller depression phases are as blown away. For us particularly well, since our child does not like fish and also fatty acids, which are contained for example in linseed oil are not tolerated. The application was very simple and due to the characteristic of taste neutrality there were no tears.
250 mg DHA – as a contribution to the maintenance of normal brain function – as a daily portion (30 ml/2 tablespoons) are recommended by Doppelherz. We have also come to terms with this well. That is about 61 kcal/258 kJ and 1.0 BE. Important: Do not store above 25 °C and keep in the refrigerator. The bottle should then be used up within 4 weeks.
Due to the special production technology, the omega-3 fatty acids of double heart (liquid) are available in small, tasteless pearls without fishmacks. It is particularly suitable for children, teenagers and adults who do not like fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important in the development phase. Nevertheless, you should consult your pediatrician before taking any food supplements.
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