TAG | Omega 3
Due to busy schedules, fast food and ever-changing tastes kids can sometimes miss out on essential nutrients in the diet. In fact, some natural health experts believe that there are certain nutritional deficiencies that exist below the surface of common learning, behavioral and developmental issues in children. These types of children’s health challenges are on the rise, affecting an estimated 17% percent of children today. While some children require medical and pharmaceutical solutions for their issues, addressing key nutritional deficiencies may be a smart complementary strategy.
One such nutritional deficiency in our children’s diets today is the severe lacking in essential omega-3 fats, and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) in particular. DHA is a primary structural component of the human brain and retina. Research shows that DHA aids in the optimal development and function of the brain, eyes, and central nervous system especially during childhood. This essential fat is consumed at very low levels in a typical North American diet, and it’s easy to see why. DHA and omega-3 fats in general can primarily be found in fatty fish, seaweeds and green leafy vegetables – not exactly every kid’s favorite foods. Low dietary DHA isn’t just a problem for children who suffer from behavioral or learning disabilities; it can affect all children and may even negatively impact their proper growth and development.
National guidelines today recommend 2 or more servings of fatty fish per week to make up for the dietary DHA deficit, but it can be daunting to try to fit fatty fish into a kid-friendly meal plan. Whether it’s personal taste, limited availability or the increasing concern about the high levels of mercury in fish, more and more consumers are turning to supplemental fish oils rather than heading to the fish counter at the grocery store. So if supplementation is more your kid’s speed, the National Institutes of Health guidelines suggest that 2-3 year old children consume a minimum of 145 mg of DHA per day, 4-6 year olds should consume at least 200 mg and children 7 years old and older should consume at least 220 mg of daily DHA.
Luckily, ReNew Life has perfected fish oil for kids making supplementation a cinch. The new Norwegian Gold Kid’s DHA is a nutrition-packed, tiny, chewable softgel with a fruit punch flavor that kids love, without the sugar of typical kid’s fish oil supplements. Taste is by far the most important factor for picky kids, but parents will appreciate the optimized level of DHA. Not only does each serving provide 200 mg of essential DHA, it also provides 500 IU of vitamin D3 for healthy bones and the antioxidant astaxanthin. Each batch of Norwegian Gold Kid’s DHA fish oil is also independently tested by IFOS and certified a 5-star rated fish oil, meeting or exceeding all world standards for overall quality, potency and freshness.
So the days of pinching noses to get fish oil down are over. Parents now have the choice of the best-tasting, highest potency DHA supplement for their kids coupled with famous ReNew Life Norwegian Gold fish oil quality.
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, accounting for 25% of all the deaths in the U.S. You may be thinking that if you don’t have heart disease in your family you’re in the clear, but think again. While genetics and age play a role, most experts agree that certain lifestyle factors can promote heart disease. You shouldn’t wait until you’re diagnosed with heart disease to take action. Your doctor will help you keep track of important numbers such as fasting blood glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure, but here are some other numbers to keep in mind when planning your heart healthy diet.
500 – 1,000
Omega-3 fats found in fish oil are known to support healthy cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends 500 – 1,000 mg of combined EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids if oily fish is lacking in your diet. For maximum cardiovascular support try a pharmaceutical grade omega-3 supplement such as Super Critical Omega. This powerful fish oil provides over 1,000 mg of omega-3 in just one softgel, plus 1,000 IU of vitamin D3, another essential nutrient.
Try to consume about 35 grams of fiber or more per day. The American Heart Association says that dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, is associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. This may be due to fiber’s role in absorbing and helping to eliminate cholesterol from the body. Because it’s tough to get enough fiber in the diet, try adding a high quality fiber supplement to your daily routine.
A low sodium diet with just 1,500 mg or less of sodium per day can help prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. To reduce your sodium intake, try reducing store-bought and processed foods and use fresh pepper and other herbs instead of salt when seasoning foods.
Keep your sweet tooth tamed with just 6 or fewer teaspoons of added sugars per day. This number may look low, but the average American consumes over 20 teaspoons per day! Research has shown that there is a correlation between high sugar consumption and heart disease risk. Try fresh fruit or dark chocolate to curb your longing for sweets, or try a natural supplement designed to help ease sugar cravings.
So how do your numbers stack up? If you’re not sure, try keeping track for a couple of weeks to see how heart healthy your diet is. Check out other heart healthy supplements that provide even more cardiovascular support with oat beta glucan, CoQ10 and hawthorn. Eat whole, fresh and organic foods whenever possible, and keep an eye on the nutrition facts label. Arming yourself with information is the best way to stay on track toward a healthy heart.