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EFAs & Back to School Brain Power

By Mara Fleishman, September 2, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
EFAs (essential fatty acids) are crucial for healthy growing brains and mental function. Here is straight and simple info to help you understand EFAs and how to find the ones that support children’s focus and brain function. Douglas MacKay is a licensed naturopathic doctor who serves as Nordic Naturals Research Advisor. He is Founder of Makai Naturopathic Center in Dover, NH.

 

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Marcy D says ...
Great podcast. We give our kids this supplement, and I guess we'll see in time if they end up smarter then us :) There is some mention of this I noticed on your other podcast comments!
09/02/2008 4:00:27 PM CDT
Sara B. says ...
This was a great podcast, a little more relevent to my life than some of the past ones. Keep it up though, I'm enjoying the podcasts!
09/05/2008 1:02:42 PM CDT
chris reid says ...
good info.! enjoying the pods.
09/05/2008 2:17:51 PM CDT
Leann Stanford says ...
Great cast. We are big fans of Nordic Natural's!
09/06/2008 1:49:14 PM CDT
Stacy M. says ...
Good info, glad you pointed out the importance of EFA for kids!
09/06/2008 1:44:57 PM CDT
Olive says ...
Glad to hear this coverage as school is starting up. Kids get so much info at school these days, it amazes me how advanced their math and english studies are. I hope the EFA can help support their little minds.
09/06/2008 2:07:45 PM CDT
Go Amie says ...
Thank you for this podcast; it is good to get a succinct explanation of options for fatty acid supplements.
09/05/2008 12:21:13 PM CDT
Karen says ...
Great comments Cori. I agree full heartedly. We do both in our home.
09/05/2008 12:40:43 PM CDT
lori says ...
My daughter is on a multi-vitamin, and I thought she was getting her fatty acids through flax, but it's good to know that DHA is mainly from animal products. Thanks!
09/04/2008 7:56:52 AM CDT
Lori says ...
Good to hear about options for fatty acids for kids.
09/04/2008 12:43:48 PM CDT
Vicki Wurgler says ...
this is a very interesting podcast-I take EFA's but I was unsure on children
09/05/2008 5:09:15 PM CDT
Vickie Couturier says ...
Thanks for the information,with a toddler in the house this helps with giving them the proper meals an vitamins they need,thanks
09/05/2008 6:31:38 PM CDT
judy brittle says ...
That was very interesting. I never knew that omega-3 fatty acids were so important for our children. thank you.
09/05/2008 11:17:38 PM CDT
Katie says ...
Rebekah- I like your style. WE try to keep the kids up to date with good foods, but with school back in seesion and what seem to be constant morning battles, I feel good that they are taking supplements.
09/04/2008 9:46:43 AM CDT
Cori Westphal says ...
I believe it is so important that kids gets the vitamins and minerals that they need. Americans are seriously lacking in this aspect. If we want our kids to succeed in life, we better start working on the little things, like EFA's.
09/05/2008 11:48:55 AM CDT
Rebekah says ...
This was very informative, thank you Mara and Dr. MacKay. I have a 5 yr. old daughter who eats a pretty well balanced and healthy diet. But getting her to eat any kind of seafood is a joke. She eats plenty of nuts and I've even tried the obvious fish sticks.. no go. I was not aware that it was ok in fact recommended to give your child a supplement other than their daily multi-vitamin. I pride myself in trying to make sure my child eats as healthy as possible without being too much of a nag/ downer so this added information is much appreciated. Keep up the good work!
09/04/2008 8:53:49 AM CDT
Betty N says ...
Keep providing such informative podcasts for us!
09/05/2008 3:34:44 PM CDT
Pam says ...
I am glad to see this conversation taking place on the WF website
09/04/2008 2:57:17 PM CDT
Rebecca C says ...
My daughter doesn't tend to like vitamins but I will definately try the strawberry flavored! Great podcast definitely informative!
09/04/2008 3:08:55 PM CDT
Emily says ...
Nordic Naturals are fantastic. Our kids love these, they actually call the cookies.
09/05/2008 11:04:37 AM CDT
WM says ...
I've tried the strawberry flavored chewables on my daughter, but she didn't like them. She's older now, so I'll try them again.
09/03/2008 3:31:30 PM CDT
sue w says ...
Glad to hear this podcast! We have been discussing the best way to support our daughter's development. We'll certainly try some EFA supplements.
09/06/2008 3:01:08 PM CDT
Nan says ...
There is a great DHA product line at whole foods. I haven't had to buy this for awhile, so I don't recall the brand name, but my kids loved the flavor.
09/04/2008 12:32:20 PM CDT
Dana M. says ...
We were just talking about brain development and children's weight and need for EFA's last night at a friends dinner. Glad to see the synergy here as well.
09/07/2008 6:14:32 AM CDT
carrie says ...
EFA's are not thought of often enough by parents or doctors. They are a fantastic supplement for a child as well as for adults.
09/07/2008 11:50:22 AM CDT

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