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The Importance of Omega-3 – Transcript

Did you know that the Government recommends that all children consume one 140g portion of oily fish every week? This is to help children ensure they get the essential levels of Omega-3 fatty acids they need. Unfortunately, the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that children aged 4-10 years consume 10% of the amount of oily fish recommended by the Government.

What are Omega-3 fatty acids and why are they important? Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients present in every cell of the body. There are 3 main types of Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA. DHA contributes to normal brain function and vision.

Essential nutrients means that they are required for normal body function but the body cannot produce them in sufficient amounts. So it is important to consume them as part of our diet.

Top sources of Omega-3 EPA and DHA are oily fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna. Flaxseed is a good source of Omega-3 ALA.

Children consume far lower quantities than the amount recommended by the Government. Supplements containing cod liver oil, fish oil or flaxseed oil are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and can help children who struggle to eat a balanced diet to achieve the recommended weekly amount.

Haliborange is the N1 brand in children’s Omega-3 supplements. We have a range of products with Omega-3 fatty acids for children aged 3 years to 12+. DHA supports normal brain function and vision.

Haliborange products are available in a variety of formats like liquids, softies and chewys, so there is an option to meet the family’s needs.

Haliborange can be a useful way for children to top up their Omega-3 levels.


Sources/references

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Advice on fish consumption: benefits and risks. London: TSO, 2004

National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 5 and 6 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/2013 – 2013/2014). Published September 2016 PHE publications gateway number: 2016248 – page 14

Nielson data 52 w/e 3-Dec-16

Food supplements are intended to supplement the diet and should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.


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