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Fish Oils & Essential Fats

Posted by Dr Jacey Pryjma on 16-Apr-2018 09:00:00

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Two very important fats are Omega-3, and Omega-6. These are called essential fats because our body cannot manufacture them from other nutrient, you must obtain them from your diet.

Omega-6 is readily available in today's diet due to the wide use of vegetable oils, in fact most people consume a diet with a ratio 12:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3, where the ideal ratio should be 1:1. Therefore its very important to make sure you and your family has an adequate intake of Omega-3 to counteract this imbalance. 

 

The Importance of Omega 3:

The essential fats of Omega-3 are EPA and DHA

EPA

  • Increases brain function, particularly
    the areas used for memory, learning and reasoning.
    - A link has been discovered between low levels of Omega-3 and ADHD, children with ADHD have lower levels of Omega-3 in their blood than children without ADHD.
    - Children with reading difficulty have shown increasing levels of Omega-3.
  • Prevents Inflammation
    -
     EPA interferes with the production of arachidonic acid, the more you body will produce inflammatory compounds. 

DHA

  • Improves eye health
    - DHA keeps your cell membranes in a state whereby essential nutrients can pass in and out of the cells. This particularly has an effect on the nerve transmission in the retina (lining of the eye)
  • Supports brain development
    - Stunted emotional and intellectual development has been linked to low levels of Omega-3.
    - High levels of DHA have been linked to higher vocabulary scores.

Signs your child may be deficient: 

  • Irritable
  • Inattentive
  • Dry skin and symptoms of eczema
  • Excessive thirst
  • Poor eyesight

If you suspect your child maybe deficient, you can book in with a health professional for example a Naturopath that can help you more with your child's health. 

 

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