Key nutrient for brain development

Omega-3 DHA is important for brain development, with research showing that inadequate levels of this essential fatty acid may hinder development.

Brain-building omega-3 essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are crucial for the growth and function of the brain, so it’s important that children are getting enough in their diets.

With the right nutrition – which includes a diet rich in omega-3 – the brain is able to develop and strengthen healthy connections between cells, improving children’s ability to move, think, and communicate, as well as support concentration and memory.

However, parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson says it’s not always easy to get kids aged between one and 11 to eat their omega-3 fatty acids.

“A healthy diet is number one for developing healthy brains so it’s important we consume fatty fish such as salmon or tuna,” says Dr Coulson.

“Fatty fish is a great source of omega-3, but it can taste, smell and even feel unusual to young children.

“If your child’s a picky eater and doesn’t like the taste or texture of these foods, they can still access brain-benefiting fatty acids by complementing their diet with omega-3 supplements.

“Low levels of omega-3 from a lack of fish may be associated with impairments in cognitive and behavioural function, so supplements offer an easy way to ensure optimal brain health through nutrition.”

Parents looking to enrich their child’s diet with fish oil that is high in DHA are encouraged to visit their nearest pharmacy or speak with their child’s healthcare professional to find the right omega-3 supplement that works for them.

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