Take a closer look at kids and Omega3s

You make sure they eat their fruits and veggies, drink water and get plenty of sleep, but there’s one crucial health factor you may have overlooked.
Omega-3s are specific fatty acids that have long been recognized for their importance to prenatal health. But there’s growing, profound evidence showing that omega-3s can be a huge benefit in every child’s daily diet.



As important to childhood development as the A,B,Cs

Most parents recognize the need for good nutrition, but did you know that omega-3s are as crucial as vitamin C when it comes to their impact on children’s health?

While most of us have been trained to avoid fats at all costs, not all fats are created equal. Omega-3s are a particular group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are not only good for you, they are actually essential for optimal health. The body cannot manufacture omega-3s, so they must be obtained from the diet. Omega-3s are especially critical for children as they are crucial in supporting the healthy growth of brain and body that accompanies childhood. One of the most concentrated sources for EPA and DHA omega-3s is coldwater fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Unfortunately, most kids aren’t eating these kinds of fish on a regular basis, making supplementation one of the easiest and best ways for them to get these essential fatty acids.

Just as calcium is crucial to bone health, DHA omega-3 is critical to brain health. DHA is a major structural component of the brain and the eyes, making it essential for proper growth and development throughout childhood. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids also play an important role in protecting the overall health of the brain, eyes and nervous system throughout their lives.

Regular intake of omega-3s boosts DHA levels in the hippocampus—the area of the brain responsible for memory and recall. Numerous animal studies have linked higher DHA levels in this region with improved working memory (very short-term memory) and reference memory (longer-term)

The building blocks of optimal childhood nutrition

Experts estimate that more than 50% of American children do not get the recommended amounts of several key nutrients from food alone. That’s where Oligo® and omega-3s come in.

In a world that surrounds us with food options, it may seem strange to think that undernourishment could be a rampant problem for millions of children. But it is. The average child’s diet may be rich in calories, but all too often it’s lacking in the vital nutrients that growing bodies need to be truly healthy. And those missing nutrients can impact more than just normal physical growth and development. Dietary factors can also play an important role in determining mood and behavior.

Even when parents realize the importance of a healthy diet, getting kids to eat healthy is an entirely different matter. Between picky eating and a dislike of trying unknown foods, proper nutrition can seem like an impossible task. That’s exactly why Melaleuca created Koala Pals™ Shakeables™ Daily Nutrition Shake and Vitality Omega-3 Créme Delight.™ Together, they deliver the foundation of optimal nutrition growing bodies need in flavors and forms kids love!

omega-sorbetCritical nutrition for kids
While every nutrient plays an important role in maintaining health, there are a few critical nutrients that are necessary to support the healthy development of kids’ growing bodies. Koala Pals Shakeables and Vitality Omega-3 Créme Delight deliver them all at researchrecommended levels to support happy, healthy kids.

Omega-3s—Key structural components of the brain, eyes and nervous system. They also have an impact on mood, memory and behavior.*

Vitamin A—A key building block for normal growth and development, it promotes tissue and bone repair as well as healthy eyes, skin and immune responses.*

Vitamin Bs—The family of B vitamins—thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), B6, and B12—are essential for energy production. They also promote healthy circulatory and nervous systems, as well as metabolism.*

Vitamin C—Essential for healthy skin, muscles and connective tissue.*

Calcium—One of the most crucial minerals, calcium is needed for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. It is stored in the teeth and bones and helps keep them strong as a child grows.*

Vitamin D—In addition to promoting bone and tooth formation, it is crucial in helping the body absorb calcium.

Iron—Helps build muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells.*

Protein—Essential for building and repairing muscle, skin, hair and nails. It also builds and repairs neurotransmitters that transfer information in our brain—including those that help regulate mood and focus.*

Fiber—Helps kids feel satisfied, plus it promotes healthy digestion and the proper removal of waste.*