Omega-3 Fatty Acids are just that, essential. Our bodies' can't make them so we have to get it from food sources. Since they are necessary for human health we eat foods like fish - salmon, tuna and halibut or other seafood, nut oils, and some plants. They are crucial for brain function and regular growth and development. Let's face it though, how often do our kids actually eat fish. Maybe a fish stick now and then but regularly? The American Heart Association recommends fish at least twice a week. This is why it is important to provide a supplement of these essential fatty acids for our kids.
Research shows that of the many roles it plays they help to reduce inflammation and can possibly lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. They also play a critical role in brain function and are heavily concentrated in the brain. They seem to be critical in brain memory and performance.
They should be balanced with Omega-6's. Our american diet has a higher proportion, 14-25x more, of Omega-6's which will actually promote inflammation.
In places like the Mediterranean they have a healthy balance in their ration with Omega-6 fatty acids. Mostly due to diets that don't include meats, which are high in Omega-6. And they have more foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like whole grains, fresh fruits, fish, vegetables, Olive Oil, and garlic.
So if you're looking for a quick fix on your cholesterol you can start eating walnuts. They've been shown to help reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides in those with high cholesterol. But this needs to be supported with a healthy diet and proper supplementation program for long term health.
Other than the clinical evidence that points to fish oil's benefits for heart disease and problems that contribute to heart disease these fatty acids can potentially aid with the following:
This is quite a list of chronic degenerative disease that this supplement can help potentially reduce the symptoms of. Now imagine that your child's diet contains plenty of these essential fatty acids in their early formative years. It could potentially reduce the onset of these very painful diseases.
Available sources of Omega fatty acids are fish - salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, tuna and herring. Flaxseed and flaxseed oils, soybeans, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, walnuts, walnut oil, and canola oil.