A fish oil is a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are known as “essential” fatty acids. The term “essential” means that they can’t be made in sufficient amounts by our body so we have to get them from our diet as they are vital for health. The two most important types of Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These are only ever known as DHA and EPA so don’t worry about the long names!
Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil have a wide range of health benefits. The benefits are numerous but here are our top 5:
Oily fish are incredibly rich in Omega 3 EPA and DHA. Oily fish include:
The Government recommends that all children consume one 140g portion of oily fish every week.
If you have a kid who is a fussy eater or doesn’t like oily fish, you can always choose to give them a fish oil supplement. If you decide to do this, make sure you give them one designed specifically for children. Haliborange children’s Omega-3 supplements come in a delicious tasting orange syrup or in a chew to make them more fun for children to take.
Learn more about the importance of Omega 3 with our Expert Chats with Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson: