Do you know the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA) for your babies and kids? Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain and eye development before birth, the reason I took them while pregnant. Omega-3s continue to be important for cognitive development throughout childhood. DHA promotes a positive mood and well-being, and it supports and protects the brain, eyes, and nervous and immune systems. It is even linked to behavior. It is no surprise that most kids don’t get enough DHA in their diets.
DHA and ADD
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, I learned that having lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to behavioral disorders like ADD and ADHD, as well as childhood depression. I learned this while searching for natural ways to help my son. He has no behavioral issues at school but is dealing with a lack of “focus” with reading. He’s improving with reading, with practice, but still is easily distracted. When I learned that DHA can help with ADD type issues, I knew we had to try this.
I came across Nordic Naturals, they offer a variety of ways to give your kids the DHA and EPA that they need. I have always known that fish oil is important for your brain. I’m not sure why I haven’t given fish oil to my kids, except for the fear that they wouldn’t like it because fish oil generally taste nasty, from my past experience. Nordic Naturals products come in the form of liquid, soft gels, gummy products, and effervescent powder. You pick what your child will respond best with.
Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA Review
We reviewed the Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA in the soft gels form, also available in liquid-form. It is made of 100% wild Arctic cod. These soft gels are much, much smaller than anything you’d find for adults. That was my immediate observation. My kids are 5 & 7 and have yet to have the need to learn to swallow a pill.
Nordic Naturals Children's DHA
The Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA soft gels can be chewed or swallowed. Thinking of chewing a fish oil gel is disgusting to me. Lucky for my kids, Nordic Naturals are strawberry flavored! My son perfers to chew the soft gels while my younger daughter has about mastered swallowing them! This kids DHA product is for kids ages 3 and up. It provides the DHA your kids need, plus 100% natural vitamins A and D. Dosage is 4 soft gels daily. My son takes his DHA soft gels with no problem, he just chews them and doesn’t complain. My daughter doesn’t like to take them since she is still not sure how. She really wants to just swallow them and is frustrated that it is not easy for her yet.
You can buy the Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA 90 count for $14.95 or the 180 count for $23.95 on the Nordic website and on Amazon.com.
Nordic Omega-3 Gummies
We also reviewed the Nordic Omega-3 Gummies in tangerine flavor. This DHA product is for kids ages 2 and up with no artificial colorings, flavorings, or preservatives. My son thinks the gummies are like candy and prefers this over the soft gels, but will take both. My daughter is finicky and complains a little about both, but likes the soft gels more than the gummies. I tried the gummies and think they taste great.
I like that Nordic Naturals gives you plenty of choices for ways to give your young kids the essential DHA they need. Between the two that I reviewed, the Nordic Omega-3 Gummies the best option for younger kids over the soft gels. I would also try the liquid and effervescent. There is a product for everyone, and that is the good news!
You can buy the Nordic Omega-3 Gummies 60 count for $22.95 or 120 count for $39.93 on the Nordic website and on Amazon.com.
Nordic Naturals provides omega oils that are essential for optimal health in the safest form. There are many reasons to choose Nordic Naturals over the competition. Here are a few key points that I felt were most important to me:
Surpass International Pharmaceutical Standards – guaranteeing you a quality and safe product
No Heavy Metals, Dioxins, PCBS – Nothing detectable when tested
Exceptional Freshness – Offers fresh products to protect against fishy smell & taste
Award Winning Purity – 3rd party tested and ranked #1 out of top 10 fish oil brands
Great Taste – Exceptional freshness gives great taste and burp-free formula!
Exceptional Raw Material- Made from fish with low levels of impurities
Patented Manufacturing Process- No chemicals or excessive heat used to process
Taking a high-quality product like those from Nordic Naturals is actually safer than even consuming fish. Nordic Naturals products offer purified fish oil for kids, adults, and even pets.
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