Children’s Health

DHA is important for infants and growing children, as it supports brain development and cognitive function. A rich source of DHA is BioPure DHA®, containing five times more DHA than EPA. Low levels of EPA are also important for infants below 6 months of age, as EPA can suppress Arachidonic Acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid essential for vascular development in infants. Young children who experience Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can benefit from supplementing with DHA as it can lower these symptoms. Other DHA sources include all fish oil and krill oil. When we consume flax oil, ALA gets converted to DHA – an excellent vegetarian source to gain cognitive benefits. Like adults, children also experience skin conditions such as dermatitis, and supplementing with GLA can improve this condition. The most potent sources of GLA are borage oil, evening primrose oil and black currant oil.

DHA:  Studies show that DHA supports brain development, cognitive function and lowers symptoms associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • Brain development:  DHA promotes neuron growth and the development of nerve connections, a benefit with significant importance to prenatal mothers and infants. DHA not only aids in brain development but also protects our nerve cells from damage.
  • Cognitive Function: This omega-3 fatty acid also plays a significant role in boosting our memory and learning ability, enhancing overall cognitive function.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):  Studies show that DHA lower impulsive and hyperactive behavioral symptoms of individuals experiencing ADHD, while increasing their attention span.

ALA:  When we supplement with ALA, it gets converted to EPA and DHA in our body, providing all the cognitive health benefits offered by both these omega-3 fatty acids.

GLA:  GLA not only helps in the maintenance of healthy skin, but it also alleviates inflammation and itchiness seen in skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or itchy skin.

Abstracts

  1. Borage and fish oil supplementation in preterm infants.  Read more.
  2. GLA’s role in improving smoothness of skin.  Read more.
  3. Role of DHA and ALA in brain development.  Read more.
  4. Role of fatty acids and behavior.  Read more.

Articles

  1. Brain Food – Paying attention to the right fats can help your child tame ADD. Read more.