Feeding her children is one of the most nurturing and satisfying things a mom can do, and the better the quality of the food the healthier, brighter, more attractive and energetic a child will become, up to his or her genetic potential.
More attractive? Think of a wide dental arch on the upper and lower jaws which gives teeth the uncrowded space they need to come in straight and creates an attractive, wide eyed broad facial structure. We are told that the opposite, a narrow face and crooked teeth, generally has little to do with genetic heritage but a lot to do with good nutrition. By the time a well-nourished toddler and child has grown into an attractive teenager and young adult, he or she should (but probably won’t) say “thanks for feeding me right mom”.
By that stage Mom may have had to put in a lot of time and ingenuity to make sure that healthy and nourishing food choices stayed on the plate. She has competed against powerful marketing, peer group pressure and a host of tasty but nutritionally empty food choices that captivate children from a young age. But if she stands her ground, by the time her youngsters strike out and leave home they will have acquired a lot of good nutritional knowledge and taste choices that enable them to pass on the beauty baton to their own children.
Apart from the benefit of beauty, moms can also bestow the gift of intelligence on their children, again up to their genetic potential, by making sure that they get enough essential omega-3 fatty acids every day. Omega-3 fatty acids are as essential for growing children as are vitamins. They are particularly needed for the development of brain, central nervous system and membrane tissues in the body so you can see how moms can make a difference to a child’s emotions, thinking mental abilities as they grow.
Omega-3 fatty acids, the good story:
These essential (meaning that we need to ingest them, the body doesn’t make them) fatty acids primarily come from fish oils. Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids called DHA and EPA*. Each has its own role and the body needs both. The World Health Organization and governmental health agencies of several countries recommend that adults should take between 300 – 500 mg of EPA and DHA daily, as well as 800 – 1100 mg of alpha–linolenic acid each day. Generally children need about half that of adults and they need DHA* and EPA** in different ratios at different ages:
Graph compiled from Kidd. 2007 and Yurko-Maruo 2010.
To bring this into perspective think about that staple of the toddler and young child’s diet – fish fingers. Happily they are very popular with children and they are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid. 100 g of fish fingers, which is about four fish fingers, contain on average 185 mg DHA and 37.5 mg EPA, so to consume enough fish fingers, an 8 year old child would have to eat about 4 – 5 a day to meet his or her 170 mg DHA requirement. However to meet the daily 150 mg EPA requirement, an 8-year old will have to eat 16 fish fingers a day, or about 112 fish fingers a week.
For this reason Nativa, the marketers of the TurboKidz® range of nutritional supplements, recommends that moms supplement a balanced diet with a quality omega-3 supplement designed for specific age groups.
TurboKidz® Smart Omega Tutti Fruity was formulated with younger children in mind and contains 230 mg DHA and 70 mg EPA per two capsules.
TurboKidz® Smart Omega Orange was designed for older children and contains 120 mg DHA and 240 mg EPA per two capsules. After their 18th birthday, young adults can graduate onto Nativa® Omega-3 Complex. You see, adults need omega-3s in their daily diets for healthy mental, emotional and physical maintenance too!
The fish oils in TurboKidz® and Nativa Range® Omega-3 supplements comply with the voluntary monograph of the Council of Responsible Nutrition working group based in America (http://www.crnusa.org). This indicates the quality of the fish oils used.
So mom, serve your family those fish fingers as well as tinned sardines, cooked salmon and other oily fish, and consider supplementing with TurboKidz® omega supplements for a brighter future for your children.