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LIQUID OMEGA 3 FOR KIDS - IS IT SAFE?

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Created May 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Is it safe to give kids (ages 5 and 7) fish oil? I bought liquid omega 3 for my kids, it has total omega 3 fatty acids 1,150mg, epa 650mg, dha 450mg, other omega 3 fatty acids 50mg, i give them a 5ml serving daily, is it safe to give them this? will this benefit them? I give them fresh salmon 3 times a week, chicken and beef the other days, i heard it was good for brain development.

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Thanks for that Matt, i heard great things about fish oil, i take it myself, but just wondered if it was safe for my kids, i don't do strick paleo with my kids, they eat meat/fish everyday but they do have some forbidden paleo foods aswell i.e. pasta, i find its hard to do 100% paleo with kids

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on May 22, 2012
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In my opinion, it depends on a couple of things:

  1. How much Omega-6 are your kids getting?
  2. How is the quality of the fish oil?

Honestly, if they're not eating anything with much omega-6-laden oils, and you're feeding them salmon (I'm assuming wild) three times per week, I believe an omega-3 supplement is unnecessary. It costs money and some of it could potentially be oxidized.

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on May 22, 2012
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Is it safe? Yes. Is it necessary/helpful? That depends. Are they eating paleo? There's slight diminishing returns when eating paleo and supplementing fish oil. Or rather, the amount needed to supplement decreases assuming you're avoiding poor quality (read: refined) omega-6s.

There seem to be all sorts of suggestions out there of the benefits of omega-3s in children. All potential upside, no downside, why not supplement?

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:17 PM

Thanks for that Matt, i heard great things about fish oil, i take it myself, but just wondered if it was safe for my kids, i don't do strick paleo with my kids, they eat meat/fish everyday but they do have some forbidden paleo foods aswell i.e. pasta, i find its hard to do 100% paleo with kids

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on June 05, 2012
at 09:42 PM

If they are eating 3 servings of salmon per week, save your money.

We don't need a ton of EFAs, and I think avoiding an overdose on omega 6 is more beneficial than overdoing it on the omega 3.

That said, I doubt there would be harm at that dose. But if they develop diarrhea or start bruising for no reason I'd drop the fish oil.

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