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Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Your Child

Anubhav Srivastava
3 to 7 years

Created by Anubhav Srivastava
Updated on Feb 25, 2019

Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids For Your Child
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Omega 3 fatty acids are also known as PUFA’S (Polyunsaturated fatty acids). These are of 3 types of Omega 3 acids viz. EPA, DHA, and ALA.EPA AND DHA are required for normal growth and metabolism in growing children. It has been shown to decrease the inflammation in the body, the symptoms of ADHD and other levels of depression. It has tons of benefits, especially for children. It is good for their mental development. Omega-3 fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are important in preventing and managing heart disease.

Omega 3 fatty acids provide necessary nutrition to prevent and relieve certain symptoms which are known for healthy brain development. They also build certain immunities in the child which saves the child from various diseases. Some of the diseases are heart disease, skin problems, dyslexia, asthma, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and memory loss.


What Are The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid For Your Child

Here are some of the proved benefits of Omega 3 to the overall development of the child. Read to discover more benefits of Omega 3 for your child.  

Cognitive Development

Several studies have shown that children who are fed formulas enriched in omega 3 acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)show improvements in hand-eye coordination, social skills, attention span, and intelligence best scores.

Reduce Asthma Risk

Children of the mothers, who ate Omega 3 enriched during their pregnancy, are less likely to develop asthma in a future life.

Omega-3s Can Improve Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Omega-3s can reduce triglycerides in Kids. It keeps blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful blood clots in children.


There’s some evidence omega-3 promotes growth and brain development in premature infants.


One study found that children who ate a high omega-3 diet were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.


Fish oil is usually used as a treatment for depression in adults; there have been a few studies in children too. One small 2006 study of fish oil in depressed 6- to 12-year-olds found it helped their symptoms significantly.


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| Aug 10, 2018

please suggest omega 3 rich food which can be added to regular diet on regular basis.

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| Aug 10, 2018

please suggest sources of omega 3 for vegetarians

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| Aug 10, 2018

please guide me for vegetarians : How use omega 3 in daily diet and from which products we get Omega 3 thank you

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| Aug 09, 2018

@Khevna You could give walnuts

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| Aug 09, 2018

@Sheetal in milder quantities

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| Jun 03, 2018

can flax seeds powdered be given to a year old baby fr omega 3?

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| Jun 01, 2018

plz guide me regarding vegetarian source of omega 3

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