DHA & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

DHA & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

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A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development producing more than a million neural connections each second. Omega 3 fats, especially DHA, is important especially in this role. DHA is important for:

  • Maintenance of normal brain function
  • Normal visual development in infants
  • Normal heart function.

Maternal intake of DHA also contributes to normal brain and eye development in breastfed infants.


HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Tissue content of DHA is thought to be important for brain development because our frontal lobes .  Low levels of DHA during childhood are linked to:

 

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia

DHA IN FOODS

The best food sources of DHA are Salmon, Fresh Tuna, Trout, Mackerel and Sardines. It is recognised that typical intake of these foods in children worldwide is low, which is why many foods are now fortified with Omega 3 fats.  The DHA typically found in oily fish is the best food source of omega 3 fats and is vitally important to brain development.


HOW TO ENSURE GOOD DHA INTAKE

Children need to eat oily fish at least twice a week. If they are not able to do this consistently, then fish oil supplements aimed at children are a good idea. Ensure that any supplement you choose is free from sugars and artificial flavours though – keep things as healthy as possible!


Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)

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