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Posted by: Wendy | 2012/04/24

OMEGA 3 &  6 FOR CHILDREN

Is it safe to give a 7 year old Omega 3 &  6 supplement and if so, how many a day?

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Dear Wendy
Children can certainly be given Omega-3 and if necessary also Omega-6 supplements, because these essential fatty acids are vital for the normal development of the nervous system and the eyes before birth and the normal functioning of the brain and nerves after birth. There are as yet no RDAs specified for omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, but an intake of 1 g of Omega-3 per day is generally recommended. A ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 of about 1:5 (1 g of Omega-3 for every 5 g of Omega-6 ingested) has also been suggested. Keep in mind that if the child eats a western diet which contains plant oils such as sunflower oil and margarine made from plant oils, then he or she will be ingesting a considerable amount of omega-6 and need as much supplementation. Most individuals on a western diet tend to have an Omega-3 deficiency, so supplementation is more important.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/04/25

Dear Wendy
Children can certainly be given Omega-3 and if necessary also Omega-6 supplements, because these essential fatty acids are vital for the normal development of the nervous system and the eyes before birth and the normal functioning of the brain and nerves after birth. There are as yet no RDAs specified for omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, but an intake of 1 g of Omega-3 per day is generally recommended. A ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 of about 1:5 (1 g of Omega-3 for every 5 g of Omega-6 ingested) has also been suggested. Keep in mind that if the child eats a western diet which contains plant oils such as sunflower oil and margarine made from plant oils, then he or she will be ingesting a considerable amount of omega-6 and need as much supplementation. Most individuals on a western diet tend to have an Omega-3 deficiency, so supplementation is more important.
Best regards
DietDoc

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