When my daughter, Vivian, was younger she was a big fan of fish – salmon, tuna, catfish – you name it. With her ever-changing palate (and whims) she no longer eats fish. A slew of studies have shown the merits of omega 3 fatty acids, for kids and adults alike; so if she won’t get them from fish, she needs to get them elsewhere.
DHA has been touted for its immense contribution to brain and vision development in infants and children; in utero and here, in the outside world. Recent research indicates that intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding may even raise a child’s IQ, lower risk of diabetes, and improve motor function through age 7. The benefits don’t stop there! In the pre-school and grade school years of critical brain maturation and development, DHA and EPA taken daily, are said to positively influence behavior (yes please!) and learning abilities (future valedictorian?). New studies have suggested that fish oil supplements may even be beneficial in the behavior of children with ADHD and autism. Amazing what comes to us by way of nature!
In addition to improving heart health, Omega 3’s are also said to reduce stress and moodiness, which I will be so grateful for when my babes are teens. The lesser-known GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is thought to nourish hair and skin (even fighting acne and eczema), support joint function, balance hormones, and maintain metabolism – who wouldn’t want all that?In addition to other supplements, Nordic Naturals make fish oil supplements for every stage of human life – and even for your pets! If you don’t enjoy fish, or have a healthy fear of mercury, it seems to me the benefits speak for themselves.
When it comes to the earth, Nordic Naturals doesn’t mess around – 100% of the fish used in their oil is utilized for human or animal consumption. Fish are harvested wild, only from abundant sources. Their sustainably built, eco-saavy California headquarters is slated for a LEED Gold Certification and they have won a plethora of awards in various areas from Socially Responsible Business to Best Taste to a Kid Kritics Seal of Approval. Nordic’s consciousness doesn’t stop with the environment; they are also humanitarians. Their Kenai Wild Program is designed to help the impoverished Alasken community of Cook Inlet, who were left unable to fund schools or fix roads due economic crisis in the 90′s. They also partner with Vitamin Angels Thrive to Five Program which last year provided about 100 million dosas of micronutrients to malnourished kids in 28 countries including the US.
My non-fish eater and seafood lover both enjoy the strawberry (non-allergen formula) soft gels and gummy worms and we’re all enjoying the benefits of ensuring omega 3′s are in our diet. Nordic Naturals’ products are available directly from their website and at retail locations around the world!
Nordic Naturals is offering our readers a discount: 15% off entire order + free shipping on orders of 3 or more bottles
by entering the coupon code “InTheKnow” at checkout on their website through September 30, 2011!
Simply check out Nordic Naturals’ products and comment here about what benefit of omega 3′s interests you most.
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