Image courtesy of Ambro /
Image courtesy of Ambro /

With the start of the school year just around the corner, most parents will find themselves filling their shopping carts with all of the school supplies needed to help make their kid’s year a successful one. However, it’s important to remember that proper nutrition is just as important as pens and paper when it comes to ensuring a happy, healthy school year!   

One of the most important supplements to consider for your children is Essential Fatty Acids, specifically Omega-3s. Two key Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA, which are derived primarily from fish. Because Essential Fatty Acids are not made or synthesized in the body, they need to be consumed in the food we eat, or taken as a supplement.

The benefits of supplementing with Omega-3s are crucial to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of your child.  Many studies suggest that children who regularly take Omega-3s show improvements in their:

  • Mental Development
  • Mood
  • IQ
  • Eye health
  • Attention span
  • Cognitive function
  • Ability to handle stress

Sometimes it can be difficult to get our little ones to eat dietary sources of Omega-3 such as anchovies, sardines, herring or salmon. Many companies have come up with delicious ways to help include this amazing supplement in our children’s diet. Creamy packets, gels, liquids and smoothie blends tastes more like dessert than medicine.

Peoples carries a variety of products to appeal to any child’s taste, which have all been tested by 3rd party laboratories to ensure their purity and quality.

  • Barlean’s Omega Swirl line features flavors such as Mango/Peach, Lemonade and Citrus Swirl, which are all sugar-free and can be consumed directly from the bottle or blended in your child’s favorite yogurt or smoothie.**
  • OmegaBrite Kidz liquid offers two different delicious flavors – Orange Cream and Tutti Frutti. OmegaBrite Kidz is a scientifically developed pharmaceutical-quality high-EPA Omega-3 supplement.
  • Coromega is an Omega-3 supplement which comes in two delicious flavors, Tropical Orange and Orange. It is packaged in a squeeze packet that can be conveniently added to your child’s lunchbox every day.
  • Nordic Naturals makes a DHA liquid in Strawberry, or a Complete Omega Junior liquid in Lemon.

**For families looking for a vegetarian or vegan option, Barlean’s has a Total Omega Vegan product in Pomegranate/Blueberry that not only tastes great but provides a complete balanced source of omegas 3, 6 and 9.