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How to make sure kids get enough omega-3 oils?

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Created April 01, 2012 at 7:26 AM

I'm a believer in fish-oil capsules to balance the omega-3/omega-6 ratio. However, my 3 and 5 yr olds won't eat them. What can I do to help them?

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on April 01, 2012
at 06:43 PM

hmm...I suppose capsules are the way to go then :-)

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on April 01, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I gave the high vitamin butter to my son straight and he remembered the taste,which is distinct.No matter how I tried to disguise it later,my son detected it.Unbelievable.Also I think the flavored fclo tastes worse than the regular

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on April 01, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Yes, FCLO basically, um, stinks! Kudos for you getting your 7 yr to take it...my dad told me he had to take a spoonful of the stuff when he was growing up, and he hates fish to this day! But the emulsified variety is flavoured and it says "kid tested". The HVBO is basically ghee, though, couldn't you, say, conceal it in some mash or perhaps mix a spoon of it with a spoon of regular butter and put on veggies? Though grassfed butter is also high in CLA and K2, so I wouldn't worry :-)

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Make some yummy salmon/sardine dishes ... Or use Carlson lemon flavored fish oil, or Green Pastures Cinnamon Tingle and put it in a 4 oz glass of water. Green pastures comes with a syringe to put into liquids ...

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I wouldn't give Carlsons to my child,it's chemically purified,therefore denatured

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

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Fermented cod liver oil is so strong smelling,I doubt any kid will take it.It is the best one though.My 7 yr old is a hero though,he's been taking it for awhile now.I just tell him that it's something he has to do so he is strong and if he wants junk I will compromise,but he has to do the same for me.As for the high vitamin butter,he gags and just can't take it.So I just drown everything he eats in regular grassfed butter.

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on April 01, 2012
at 10:26 AM

Cut down on their consumption of omega 6.

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on April 01, 2012
at 12:19 PM

Get them to eat lots of wild, fatty fish. Our 11 year old loves salmon, especially boneless salmon steaks smoothered in butter, lemon juice and salt.

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on April 01, 2012
at 11:58 AM

Hey spacedog,

Why won't they take the capsules? Do they have a fishy smell? Are they huge and hard to swallow? I'm not a parent and I have nothing to offer on how to get children to do certain things, but perhaps it would be easier to do if you get a good, odorless formula, preferably a smaller sized capsule (though fish oil caps don't tend to be huge anyhow).

Another option is to give them emulsified flavoured Cod Liver oil. You can buy it here: http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/EmulsifiedCodLiverOil/index.cfm. Green Pasture say its 'kid tested'! Besides, this is also the fermented variety, which is most beneficial, easiest to assimilate by the body and most nutritious. You could even mix this one in with food such as yoghurt.

Besides supplementation, make sure they are getting plenty of O3 in their diet! Most medical sources recommend introducing fish in the diet at about 3 years old. Fish such as Flounder, Haddock, Cod, Sole, and Salmon, are probably mildest if your children are averse to strong flavours; fish can be soaked overnight in whole milk to make the flavour milder. Fish, (especially Salmon) can be baked in cream with dill and parsley. Make sure the fish is sustainably sourced, and avoid game fish like tuna, shark, swordfish that accumulate heavy metals such as mercury. Also, make sure your children are eating eggs from pastured hens, which contain up to 20 times more Omega-3 than factory hens' eggs.

You can try making fish terrine by blending together cream, salmon and some egg yolks, along with some herbs such as dill, parsley, and sage and baking in a bain-mairie (water bath) until cooked through; alternatively, you could simply puree cooked shredded salmon, cream, herbs and butter in a blender to make a pate.

You could even add high-vitamin butter oil (http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/ButterOil/index.cfm) to the mix, which is high in vitamin K2 and CLA, and works in synergy with Cod liver Oil and has been shown to promote healthy tooth and facial structure development in children.

Hope this helps!

Good luck.

Milla

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on April 01, 2012
at 06:43 PM

hmm...I suppose capsules are the way to go then :-)

B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on April 01, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Yes, FCLO basically, um, stinks! Kudos for you getting your 7 yr to take it...my dad told me he had to take a spoonful of the stuff when he was growing up, and he hates fish to this day! But the emulsified variety is flavoured and it says "kid tested". The HVBO is basically ghee, though, couldn't you, say, conceal it in some mash or perhaps mix a spoon of it with a spoon of regular butter and put on veggies? Though grassfed butter is also high in CLA and K2, so I wouldn't worry :-)

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on April 01, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Fermented cod liver oil is so strong smelling,I doubt any kid will take it.It is the best one though.My 7 yr old is a hero though,he's been taking it for awhile now.I just tell him that it's something he has to do so he is strong and if he wants junk I will compromise,but he has to do the same for me.As for the high vitamin butter,he gags and just can't take it.So I just drown everything he eats in regular grassfed butter.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on April 01, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I gave the high vitamin butter to my son straight and he remembered the taste,which is distinct.No matter how I tried to disguise it later,my son detected it.Unbelievable.Also I think the flavored fclo tastes worse than the regular

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on April 01, 2012
at 02:22 PM

I'm not a big fan of taking fish oil. It's a concentrated pill of easily oxidized PUFA oil. Just concentrate on eating real foods, stay away from high omega-6 foods and the 3/6 ratio will work itself out.

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on April 01, 2012
at 05:52 PM

If you can afford it, the liquid fish oil supplements can be extremely tasty. The last one I bought was lemon flavored and it tasted like lemon chiffon pie or something ridiculous. You can get really high quality stuff online. The stuff I bought at the grocery store probably isn't quite up to par as some of the stuff out there (but less expensive). Also, if you aren't doing grass-fed meat, I've read several places that you can help with your n6 ratios here by buying lean cuts and cooking them in grass-fed beef tallow, and add in some wild-caught fish a couple times a week or so. The easiest and least expensive way I've found to do this is buying canned stuff, like wild-caught alaskan salmon in a can. We make salmon cakes most of the time with it. If you can afford it buy omega 3 foods (like eggs, grass-fed meat, etc.) as much as possible. Limit nuts if ya'll eat a lot of those since they have a higher omega 6 content. The whole n6 ratio thing seems to me to be a pretty large piece of the puzzle to achieving optimal health, so I've been looking into ways to improve this in myself a lot lately. :) I think you can do away with the supplements if you can adjust your diet to include more omega 3.

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on April 01, 2012
at 12:33 PM

I give my 7 and 3 yr old Carlsons flavored fish oil and get no complaints. I even tell the 3 yr old it's "medicine" and he opens his mouth. No issues.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I wouldn't give Carlsons to my child,it's chemically purified,therefore denatured

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on April 01, 2012
at 10:07 AM

What is the reason they don't take it? They don't like pills, they dislike the effect? Sometimes, with me, I get really discomforted by taking oil directly, so 2 pills will make my tummy go upset. So I stick to sardines/mackerel/canned salmon/herring nowadays, also because I read some scientific reports the possitive effects of fatty fish are greater than just fish oil.

But if they don't like fish that much, can't your get liquid omega-3 oils that you can put in their yoghurt or other food? So they won't notice it they eat it or notice any discomfort?

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