Omega-3 is an unsaturated fatty acid that the human body cannot synthesize by itself. There are three Omega-3 fatty acids: ALA (α-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
EPA can reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, promote the metabolism of saturated fatty acids in the body, thereby reducing blood viscosity, helping blood circulation, preventing the accumulation of fat in the blood vessel, preventing atherosclerosis and Cerebral thrombosis, etc.
DHA is an important component of the brain and retina, and is closely related to the development of brain nerves and eye vision. It can promote the development of brain cells, improve brain cell activity and memory; enhance the reflex of the retina, and prevent vision loss. Therefore, one of the important reasons for adults to Omega-3 supplement is because the EPA can prevent cardiovascular diseases; and for children, DHA in Omega-3 can promote the development of the brain and the development of the retina.
Omega-3 has many important effects on the healthy growth of children:
1. DHA is very important for the growth and development of brain nerves. 0-6 years old is a critical period for human brain development. DHA is an essential nutrient for children's brain. DHA can promote the formation of neural networks, and speed up the release of neurotransmitters and the transmission of information.
2. DHA plays an important role in the visual development of infants because it is an important component of the retina. Visual function is impaired when DHA is deficient, which can manifest into delayed development of visual acuity and prolonged gaze time to light signal stimulation, consequently affects the reaction and observation ability of infants and young children.
3. DHA plays an important role in children's intellectual development. 0-6 years old is a critical period for children's intellectual development. Studies have shown that children who have been supplemented with DHA during this period have significantly improved abilities in cognition, language, and sports compared with other children.【1】
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1. Omega 3/6 fatty acids for reading in children: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 9-year-old mainstream schoolchildren in Sweden. Mats Johnson , Gunnar Fransson, Sven Östlund, Björn Areskoug, Christopher Gillberg. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 2017 Jan;58(1):83-93. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12614. Epub 2016 Aug 22.2017 Jan;58(1):83-93. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12614. Epub 2016 Aug 22.PMID: 27545509 DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12614