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Study Shows Importance of Omega-3 in Children’s Diets

fishdinner.jpgI’ll admit I’ve never been much of a fish eater. Because of this, I don’t serve it often in my house as a main course, so my kids probably don’t know even know such a thing exists. But it may be time for a change. A new international study shows conclusive evidence of improved brain growth and development, increased attention and improved learning in children who have diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Many healthcare professionals also recommend increased Omega-3’s in children who suffer from ADHD or learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

How can you add Omega-3’s to your child’s diet? For starters, oily fish are the best source of fatty acids. Good ones to try are:

  • salmon
  • mackerel
  • fresh tuna (not tinned)
  • trout
  • sardines
  • kipper
  • herring

If your child is a lot like I was and isn’t willing to try fish dishes on a regular basis, there are also Omega-3 supplements you can buy in flavored packets, such as chocolate or orange. And while you’re revamping your child’s Omega-3 levels, you may want to make sure your diet is rich in the essentials as well. People whose bodies are lacking in Omega-3s often suffer from anxiety, mood swings, depression and lack of concentration, among other things.

How do you fit Omega-3s into your family’s diet?

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