Special Needs

Children’s Learning Challenges

Many North American children are chronically deficient of the “good fats” — Omega 3s.

Issues ranging from eczema, allergies, constipation, ADHD, Autism, and many other learning challenges have all been linked to a deficiency of omega 3 fats.

Children with all kinds of developmental and behavioral disorders can receive a big boost from a mammalian-source omega 3. Research shows that in children, omega-3 can improve focus, attention, calmness, and social skills. Plus, it aids brain development in those crucial early stages.

The brain is made up of fatty tissue, Omega 3 is needed to supply nourishment for your brain tissue.  Unfortunately most people do not consume the proper amount of Omega 3 food sources weekly that is needed. Although omega-3 is essential for our basic wellbeing, more than 90% of the American population is deficient in omega-3. Children with autism and Asperger’s appear to be even more omega-3 deficient than the average child. It could be concluded that restoring their omega-3 balance is important for an autistic or Asperger’s child’s healthy functioning. The Auum Omega 3 supplements provide the extra amount that benefits your health.

While still few in number, emerging research studies indicate that omega-3 may be beneficial for relieving ASD symptoms. One study conducted on children in the autistic spectrum suggested that omega-3 was helpful in stemming hyperactivity and stereotypy as compared to placebo1.

If your child suffers from depression, omega-3 could help. A study on the impact of omega-3 on children with depression found a significant improvement for the children who were given omega-3 fish oil versus the children who were given placebo2.

Omega-3 may also have a positive impact on children who struggle with controlling their anger. Eleven studies to date suggest that omega-3 can help regulate and control aggressive behavior and hostility3. Although more research is still needed, omega-3 could be instrumental in stemming the daily meltdowns and temper tantrums.

While the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is approximately 1:1, due to the over consumption of vegetable oils such safflower and sunflower (from processed foods), the average ratio ranges between 20:1 and 30:1. In short, too much omega-6 blocks the proper absorption of omega-3 fats.

There is plenty of research on the benefits of omega-3 supplementation. It is important for parents to include omega-3 fats as a daily staple in their child’s diet. In fact, 60 percent of a child’s brain and retina is comprised of essential fat needed for proper nerve transmission and learning patterns.

Flax v.s. Fish v.s. Mammalian

It’s not simply about taking ANY omega 3 supplement. It may be tempting to use a flax or fish oil as a cheaper supplement. While flaxseed does contain a plant-based omega-3 (ALA), the body has to convert the ALA omega-3 into the effective ingredients that our bodies can utilize. And although there is EPA and DHA in fish oil, they have an out of balance ratio of omega 3s to omega 6s that can worsen an existing imbalance in your body. They also both do not contain the critical component DPA. The conversion rate from ALA to EPA/DHA is low and inefficient – you would need four cups of flaxseed oil and according to an article published in The Wall Street Journal, you would have to take 12 fish oil capsules a day to obtain the same dose and promising results published in many omega-3 fish oil studies4. Only a mammalian-source omega 3 has all three components DHA, EPA, DPA in a equal ration of omega 3s and omega 6s for the optimum balance. Switch to the RIGHT oil for the RIGHT results.

The omega-3-6-9 fallacy

Beware of products that tout omega-3-6-9, instead of plain omega-3. As the body’s inflammation agent, omega-6 counterbalances the positive effects of omega-3. While the body needs both omega-3 and omega-6, most people today are getting many times more omega-6 (found in vegetable oils and fish oils) than omega-3. And omega 9s are not essential — meaning the body CAN produce omega 9s and therefore does not need to supplement. Studies show that children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome appear to be especially deficient in omega-35. The last thing they need in their diet is more omega-6.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have low levels of certain essential fatty acids (including EPA and DHA). Clinical studies have shown that those with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids had more learning and behavioral problems (such as temper tantrums and sleep disturbances) than those with normal omega-3 fatty acid levels.

A Clinical Study on the Benefits of Mammalian Omega-3 On Children with Learning/Behaviour Problems

Clinical study ran over 3 years with 42 children who had learning disabilities/behavioural problems. The benefits of Auum Omega 3 Sublingual-D were evaluated.

ABSTRACT – As a Registered Nurse (R.N.) Suzanne (Sue) Charbonneau has a rounded view of health care, having spent most of her career with seniors & newborns. Sue’s understanding of life from birth to death was naturally shaken upon her discovery of the existence of a mammalian form of Omega-3. –”The very idea that this concept has not been emphasized from day 1 in all patient care and nutrition systems has undoubtedly cost patients years off of their lives. As a frontline investigator/ and a supervisor in clinical trials evaluating the Benefits of Omega-3 on Children with Learning/Behavior Problems, I was astounded at the speed and depth of the results – progressively during the study, the children began speaking, expressing themselves, making friends, learning new things, reading and doing math, some at advanced levels.

While the clinical results in themselves showed dramatic improvements in numerous areas, including improved imagination, decreased aggression, improved sleep patterns, improved attention span and improved interpersonal skills, sociability, making friends, holding conversations, improved verbal and communication skills, these percentages cannot communicate the powerful emotional experience of witnessing the dramatic changes in each one of these children.”

For more facts from the Clinical Study, please review Clinical Study Presentation.

Sources:

1. Amminger, Paul. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplementation in Children with Autism.” PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine National, 22 Aug. 2006. Web. 02 June 2010.

2. Osher, Y., and R. H. Belmaker. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Depression: A Review of Three Studies.” PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine National. Web. 02 June 2010.

3. Hamazaki, T. “Fish Oils and Agression or Hostility.” PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine National, 4 Mar. 2008. Web. 02 June 2010.

4. Stipp, David. “Fish-Oil Doses Can Be Hard To Swallow – WSJ.com.” Wall Street Journal 8 Jan. 2008. Business News & Financial News – The Wall Street Journal – WSJ.com. Web. 02 June 2010.

5. Vancassel, S. “Plasma Fatty Acid Levels in Autistic Children.” PubMed.gov. U.S. National Library of Medicine National. Web. 02 June 2010.