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Supporting Your Child's Brain Development with Plant-Based DHA

Organika Health

With our new Kid’s Liquid Plant-Based DHA, we have your child’s healthy brain development in mind! Getting optimal amounts of cognitive supportive nutrients - like omega 3 fatty acids - in correct ratios, can be difficult and many children end up deficient. 

Omega 3s and Brain Health 

Organika’s Kid’s Liquid Plant-Based DHA is an omega 3 formula that contains both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) in correct ratios for maximum benefits. Omega 3s are found in cold-water fish (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod and bluefish), chia seeds, flaxseeds and, to a lesser extent, in eggs. Unless your young child’s palate is adventurous, we can bet that they’re not getting enough omega 3s through diet alone!

All Fats Are Not Equal

When it Comes to Fatty Acids, Ratios Are Key

Omega 6s are also essential fatty acids. However, omega 6s are very commonplace, as they are found in high concentration in commercial vegetable oils. It is easy in the modern diet to consume omega 6s at a much higher rate than omega 3s. While we need some of each for healthy cognitive development, ideally they should be consumed in balance, at a 1:1 ratio. Even wholesome foods like nuts and seeds can have high concentrations of omega 6s. Peanuts, for example, contain an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 4000:1. This makes getting enough omega 3s through a typical child's diet ever more challenging.

The brain is made of approximately 60% fat. Consuming omega fats helps to promote cell formation in the brain and build cell membranes. Brain cells require fluidity to function, adapt and grow. Fats, like DHA and EPA, attach to brain cells and encourage fluidity. Healthy brain development therefore requires these types of fat.

The Role of DHA and EPA in Learning

Continued brain development and adaptation comes from neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers. Neurotransmitters allow the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. As we grow and learn from our experiences, in sensory ways, the brain absorbs this information by way of these chemical messengers returning the information to the brain for storage. Both DHA and EPA are required by the brain’s neurotransmitter receptor sites to receive information and build on our understanding of how things work. Deficiency in these omega 3 fatty acids therefore impairs our children’s abilities to learn and develop.

DHA and the Body's 'Control Centre'

Supporting cognitive development is so important and supplementation is never too early. DHA supplements can support your child’s healthy brain development, and this plays a huge part in the development of their nervous system as a whole. The nervous system is the control centre of the body; your brain, spinal cord and all the nerves in your body are tracked by the nervous system. It is responsible for thoughts, movement and automatic responses, like digesting and breathing. It is vital that we supply kids' growing bodies with adequate resources to develop, and that is why supplementation is so beneficial! 

A Plant-Based Option for Supporting Kids Brain Health

Organika Kids Liquid Plant-Based DHA comes in a delicious Lemon Burst flavour that is vegan-friendly and free of artificial colours and preservatives! Our DHA and EPA are primarily sourced from Schizochytrium, a freshwater microalgae that contains high amounts of omega 3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Organika is one of very few plant-based DHA supplements on the market and should be your #1 choice for your child’s cognitive development!

How Omega 3s Support Eye Health

An added benefit to supplementing with omega 3s is the prevention and reduced occurrence of dry eyes and other vision disturbances. Both DHA and EPA contribute to the health of brain tissue, as well as the tissues in and around your children’s eyes. This is important with the increased occurrence of dry eyes related to computer vision syndrome.

To focus specifically on your child’s vision, look for a supplement with Vitamin A and Beta-carotene. Organika Kids Vision Chewable Tablets contain 2000IUs of vitamin A and 800mcg of Beta-carotene per serving.

A-mazing Vitamin A

How Vitamin A Supports Children's Vision and More

Vitamin A comes in two forms. Each plays an important role in vision development, as well as the development of a healthy immune system and healthy bones! Vitamin A or retinol is the “preformed” type and is found ready and available for the body to use in animal proteins, as well as whole milk and cheeses. Plant-derived vitamin A or beta-carotene, a provitamin A carotenoid, must be converted for use in the body. They can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and cantaloupe.

Did you know that vitamin A will also support their development of nighttime vision? It makes sense now why your parents might have told you that eating your carrots would help you see in the dark, now doesn’t it?

Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye itself, as well as the mucous membranes and the skin surrounding the eye. These surfaces and membranes must be kept moisturized and healthy in order to stay vigilant against bacteria. The areas surrounding the eyes are designed to protect their little eyes from bacteria and viruses that might enter through the eye and lead to infection.

With so much screen time these days, Organika Kids Vision Chewable Tablets should be part of every child’s healthcare routine. By supporting the health and functioning of their eyes, we reduce eye fatigue and improve their ability to filter harmful blue light coming from electronics. Blue light disrupts circadian rhythms and impacts the body’s natural production of melatonin. Kids Vision Chewable Tablets not only work preventatively against infections and support their overall quality of vision, but also encourage a full and restful sleep schedule, keeping them energized and receptive throughout the school day!

The Newest Supplements for Your Child's Health

The latest additions to our Kids Collection, Liquid Plant-Based DHA and Vision Chewable Tablets, are designed to support your child’s optimal growth and development in both natural and innovative ways. That’s the Organika Way!

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References

Patrick Holford’s New Optimum Nutrition Bible

 

Always consult with your child's doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes in their daily routine such as supplementation.