This winter has been tough on my kids and their health, specifically my 13 year old son who is growing so fast it scares me. He has been having a lot more difficulty concentrating in class, he is always tired, his body aches and he just hasn’t been himself. After doing a lot of research, having him tested for everything under the sun at the doctor’s office, and talking to a few other parents with boys, I came to the conclusion that there is something missing in his diet.
I have increased his overall calorie count (he’s a 6′ tall 13 year old boy who swims 3 times a week and is not all about food), doubled his protein, added a B complex vitamin daily, and added an Omega 3 supplement. The Omega 3 supplement was recommended by a mom who I was talking to about our boys and their ADD tendencies even though they are ridiculously smart. She said that the Omega 3 supplement was really helping her son be more focused and feel better overall.
After doing more research on Omega 3, I came to the conclusion that we all need to be taking it. Some of its recognized health benefits include:
- Heart, Brain & Eye health
- Healthy triglyceride levels
- Reduction of inflammation throughout the body
- Joint health and mobility
- Mental clarity and balance
Next the challenge was finding an Omega 3 supplement my kids would take. A large gel cap that smelled of fish oil was not going to go over well. Neither was a product that left an oily aftertaste. I found the Coromega brand which offers the Omega 3 as a Squeeze. The orange flavor squeeze comes in a single serve pack and tastes like an Orange Creamsicle – no fish or oily taste at all! You can mix it in yogurt or a drink, but my son and I both just squeeze the packet straight into our mouths and its done. Plus it is absorbed by the body faster than the softgels. Easy peasy orange squeezey!
It has been one week and while I won’t say it has been a miraculous turnaround, I am seeing overall improvements in his energy, mood and he says this week at school has seemed better. Time will tell, but I think we are moving in the right direction.