DHA and our children
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It is one of the good fats found in the body. Its job is to go straight to tissues, like those in the brain, and keep them functioning to the best of their ability. Basically DHA is brain food and our bodies don’t make it. We need to consume it in our diet. Children’s DHA supplements can help fill in the gaps.
Nowadays parents hear how about how important DHA is for the baby all through pregnancy. We hear the commercials touting that this formula has it, or this food has it. It’s so important for your growing bundle of joy. When does it stop being important? When your baby is two? Three? Four?
The answer is never.
Your child’s brain is growing from birth to year 5 at an incredible pace. In fact 90 percent of the child’s brain development occurs during that time! But DHA isn’t just helpful during those developmental years. It has also been proven significantly improve behavior such as inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior, and conduct disorder. For more on ADHD and children’s DHA see here.
So how do I make sure my kids are getting enough DHA in their diet?
It is so simple! I use Garden of Life Oceans Kids DHA Chewables. I tried one first before I offered them to the kids. They have a typical soft gel design. If your children can swallow pills them that will be the best way for them to take it. If they cannot swallow pills then they are certainly chewable. The gel cap doesn’t denigrate quickly which I didn’t like, personally. However, my 5-year-old actually likes that. If you find your child chewing on their lollipop stick, or their straw, or whatever they can get in their mouth then they’ll probably like that aspect as well.
The flavor isn’t sweet like candy, but it isn’t horrible like any of the adult DHA oil supplements I’ve tried in the past. If your child is showing resistance to trying them, you can give them to him/ her with a bag of organic gummy treats. I will add that if my kid will take them, there’s a strong probability that yours will not have an issue with them at all. I mean, I had to send him to bed last night for not trying his cauliflower.
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Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, you should only take dietary supplements only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider. This contest is open only in the US and Canada.