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Why Do My Kids Need Fish Oil?

August 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Dr. Eileen Psencik

What is a fish oil?
Fish oil is an essential fatty acid (EFA), essential meaning your body cannot make it, it must be provided for your body to work properly! Fish oils are gaining increasing notoriety for their high omega 3 content. There are many forms of omega oils, which differ in their structure as well as their biological function, but your body must have a good balance of omega oils 3 and 6 to have good health and prevent illness. An ideal balance is a 1 to 1 ratio of omega 6 to 3 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are high in corn, soy, safflower and sunflower sources to name a few. Omega 3 can be found in flax (LAN, a form that our body needs to convert to be able to use) and in cold water fish such as sardines, salmon, anchovy and cod (EPA/DHA, a form that is readily available for you to use!)

Why do my kids need fish oil? They are healthy!

Check your shopping cart; are you buying any packaged foods items? Have any whole grain bread in there? If you are even occasionally consuming packaged foods, there is a good chance your kids essential fatty acid ratios are imbalanced! Foods high in trans, hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated or fractioned fat or oil are high in omega 6, especially wheat products. Omega 3 can be found naturally in wild game and fish, unfortunately, we do not eat as much of these as our ancestors did, and our ancestors did not have the invention of a grain mill to eat products such as bread, tortillas and pastas. Hence, most of modern society has an IMBALANCE of these essential fatty acids that our ancestors did not face!

So what happens if your Omegas are imbalanced?

A high omega 6 to 3 ratio is linked to almost every chronic illness there is including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and allergies! When our EFA are imbalanced, this leads to excessive inflammation and decreased immune function. Recent research reveals that the average diet leaves us at a ratio of 20:1 in excess of omega 6!

What can I do to help them get more Omega 3 naturally?

Wild game and fish can be an excellent source of omega three, however, are largely unavailable and so riddled with pollutants that consuming them may do more harm than good. Plant sources such as flax seed and avocados can be great, but our body needs to convert them from a simpler form called LAN to a more available form EPA/DHA, and we are simply limited in our ability to do this. Hence, supplementation from a purified, toxin free fish oil like these is truly crucial for every citizen in our modern society.

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