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When It Comes to Kids, Focus on Fish

These days parents are bombarded with information on nutrition for children. The news is full of stories about children being overweight, eating too much junk food, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, missing out on calcium and missing out on iron.

There are so many different ‘experts’ saying so many different things that it’s no wonder parents can become confused about what they should be feeding their children. But at least there is one food they can be sure about – the outstanding health benefits of regularly eating fish.

Fish is one of the few foods the experts agree on. All the research shows that fish is a rich source of many of the nutrients needed for young bodies as well as playing an important role in helping to prevent many of the diseases of later life.

Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet. It is loaded with important nutrients, such as protein and vitamin D.

There is a growing pool of evidence that fatty fish can do wonders for badly behaved children. Why fish? – The answer lies simply with the fact that fatty fish is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids which have been touted as a brain tonic for young and old alike. The Omega-3 oils found in fatty fish are vital for proper brain function. The proposed mechanism behind Omega-3’s action is via its ability to increase blood flow to the brain, improve electrical signals in the brain as well as its ability to affect hormones and the immune system, both of which have a direct effect on brain function. Deficiencies have been linked to poor memory, dyslexia, moodiness, hyperactivity, depression and mental illness.

Clinical trials involving children has shown startling results. In one study 81% of the children who received a daily dose of Omega-3’s showed improvements in reading, writing and math skills. Other studies have shown similar results with improvements in concentration levels, behavior and school performance of children, from toddlers to teenagers. The new research adds to the growing mass of data for the beneficial effects of Omega-3 oils.