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Josh says ...
EFA's are a vital supplement for kids. We use Nordic Naturals and they actually really enjoy taking them.
09/07/2008 11:41:00 AM CDT
Heather says ...
Thanks for highlighting the importance of fatty acids for kids.
09/07/2008 11:35:04 AM CDT
Zena says ...
Great info, thanks Whole Foods!
09/07/2008 11:04:51 AM CDT
Polly says ...
School days are long and tough for our 6 year old. I am hoping that the addition of EFAs gives some support.
09/07/2008 7:34:18 AM CDT
Wendy says ...
I give the Nordic Natural's to my boys and feel very good about the quality of their products.
09/07/2008 8:05:03 AM CDT
Nancy Hess says ...
The Nordic Naturals Children's DHA is a great product. We have been buying these for years.
09/07/2008 12:02:29 PM CDT
Jill says ...
Good job Whole Foods. Nice to see a store speaking to health ideas for kids.
09/07/2008 12:09:10 PM CDT
mona says ...
Wow! this was informative! I can't wait till my next trip to whole foods to check out these products!!
09/07/2008 12:12:49 PM CDT
Bennie says ...
Thanks for pointing out the importance of EFA for kids.
09/07/2008 12:13:45 PM CDT
Sam says ...
There as some new studies which point out the benefits of EFA's with children who have Autism. Language skills were shown to increase dramatically with the introduction of EFA's!
09/07/2008 12:20:54 PM CDT
Dee Dee says ...
Looking forward to trying out some of these products. Great series!
09/07/2008 1:03:48 PM CDT
Jo says ...
Wow! I'm amazed at how easily impressed all the other listeners were. Doesn't it raise any red flags when the podcast starts out with a statement like "They are called Essential because the body doesn't make them..."? Folks, that is not what "essential" means. Essential means something that is extremely important. I think he just wants to sell more of his supplements to stressed out, confused parents. Shame.
09/07/2008 7:50:12 PM CDT
Shelly says ...
Just picked up some of the Nordic Naturals DHAs for my kids. Excited to check out their reaction tonight!
09/08/2008 9:25:04 AM CDT
Cory says ...
Great conversation here! I enjoy seeing all of the input and the podcast is very beneficial for a new parent like myself.
09/08/2008 9:39:10 AM CDT
curranm says ...
@Jo Yes, the word essential means that the topic at hand is extremely important – in this case, important for survival and health. However, when we talk about fatty acids needed by the body, the word “essential” is used to distinguish fats that need to come from outside sources verses fats that the body can synthesize. When we talk about fatty acids that are needed in the body, we call those that the body cannot produce (and therefore must come from diet or outside sources) “essential.” This distinguishes them from fatty acids that the body can synthesize on its own. For example, omega 3 essential fatty acids (called “EFAs”) must be obtained from foods such as fish, flaxseed or walnuts, and can be obtained from supplements as well. On the other hand, omega 9 fatty acids, such as those fatty acids that are prominent in olive oil, can be synthesized by the body from unsaturated fats, so omega 9 fatty acids are not called “essential.” Still, omega 9 fats and other non-essential fatty acids, although not “essential,” are very important in the body.
09/10/2008 11:09:59 AM CDT
Erin says ...
Just found out about your back to school series from a fellow blogger. Great to see you entering the social media world! The site has much more depth now, keep it up!
09/08/2008 9:43:20 AM CDT
dani says ...
great information. I am so glad that ModMom.com blogged about this,
09/27/2008 11:23:49 PM CDT
Kathy H. says ...
Thanks for the great information. I've been giving my daughter Nordic Naturals and this was a good reminder of why it's so important.
09/16/2008 1:44:32 PM CDT
terri says ...
I loved the article. Anything that can help families is interesting.
09/17/2008 11:42:51 AM CDT
terri says ...
Great article. health can be easily overlooked with our busy lives.
09/17/2008 11:47:16 AM CDT
Tia says ...
Great podcast!
09/19/2008 7:48:58 AM CDT
Samantha Pruitt says ...
this is such a great show, very interesting and entertaining!
09/29/2008 8:55:48 PM CDT
curranm says ...
Heather C, Thank you for your question regarding Omega 3s and children. Essential fatty acids are especially vital for youngsters and young adults, since their bodies and brains are in crucial stages of development. As we heard, omega 3 is a kind of EFA that’s needed for the brain, heart, nervous system, tissues, skin, joints, and immune health. The brain needs a specific kind of omega 3 called DHA, potentially helpful for children with concentration and attention challenges. Studies show that these children may be deficient in omega 3s and 6s, and supplementation may be helpful. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995, vol. 62, no. 4 Suppl). There are specific natural supplements available that are targeted for improved learning, and omega 3s are usually the primary ingredient.
09/30/2008 11:16:43 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Kim You're right, the spelling of the clinic is Makai and not MacKay - we've fixed this in the blog entry and included a link to the center. However, Dr. Douglas MacKay's name is spelled correctly. :) Thanks!
09/24/2008 12:26:37 PM CDT
Nora O. says ...
Thanks for the feedback Malia- dare I say, "essential" knowledge :)
09/11/2008 5:40:57 AM CDT

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