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What are Essential Omega Fatty Acids?

We hear about essential omega fatty acids all the time, but do you know what they actually are? They’re termed ‘essential’ for a reason, so we should know why! Right?!

Essential omega fatty acids are exactly what they sound like: fats that are essential to the body. Although the human body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from our diets, there are two essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic) which cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food.

These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.

Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders, including:

  • abnormalities in the liver and the kidneys
  • reduced growth rates
  • decreased immune function
  • depression
  • dryness of the skin

Adequate intake of the essential omega fatty acids results in numerous health benefits, including:

  • prevention of atherosclerosis
  • reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke
  • relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
  • decreased risk of developing breast cancer

So how can you be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of these fats? Here are some foods that are high in essential omega fatty acids:

  • flax seed
  • walnuts
  • soybeans
  • mung beans
  • canola oil
  • avocados
  • fish

So how does NutraCleanse™ fit into all of this? Well, our product’s official name is Omega-3 NutraCleanse®. NutraCleanse™ is composed of nearly 90% ground flax seed, making it very high in essential omega fatty acids. It’s also extremely high in fibre, which we could all benefit from.

If you think you could benefit from an increase in essential omega fatty acids, try our product! You can find NutraCleanse™ at over 1000 retailers across Canada and the United States, or order online at nutracleanse.biz.

Get healthy, one scoop of Omega-3 NutraCleanse® at a time!

 

 

3 Ways to Get Kids to Eat NutraCleanse™

Ensuring your child receives a healthy daily dose of nutrients in her diet can be a daunting task. Generally speaking, kids tend to have very particular appetites, tastes, and opinions, and it doesn’t usually support a large serving of greens or grains!

We have mentioned this before (see here): the importance of a healthy diet rich in omega fatty acids and fibre is imperative for kids’ growing bodies and brain development.

NutraCleanse™ can help!

Our dry food product is a unique formulation of flaxseeds and mostly organic (locally sourced) ingredients to provide an excellent source of fibre and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can easily sneak NutraCleanse™ into many kid-approved meals and snacks so they can’t taste the healthiness (heaven forbid!) or have any reason to turn it down.

Here are 3 ways to sneak NutraCleanse™ in your child’s snacks and meals today:

Smoothies

Smoothies are a favourite snack choice for kids; probably for the slushy-like, fruity flavours that mask the taste of spinach and other healthy ingredients that were possibly added.

They’re great, because you can throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand, add some liquid, add some ice, and that’s it! There are tons of great recipes for smoothies out there that your kids will enjoy, and it’s so simple to increase the nutritional value of the smoothies by adding ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse™ to them.

Here’s a smoothie recipe from Angela Liddon (author of Oh She Glows) that mimics a chocolate milkshake:

Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie

Add to blender:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Very small pinch of fine-grain sea salt
  • 4-6 pitted medium Medjool dates, to taste
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Now add 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse™ (and possibly a splash more almond milk if it’s too thick), put the lid on the blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

Kids’ Oatmeal

Kids love the soft, gooey goodness of oatmeal and it makes for a great breakfast or snack. Avoid buying the prepackaged and processed stuff though; you’ll want all the nutritional benefits of making up your own batch from scratch.

Our tried and true recipe for oatmeal is always a hit with the kids: add 1/3 cup oatmeal to 1 cup cold water in a pot with a dash of salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add 1/3 cup NutraCleanse™ and stir. Empty into bowl, and serve with honey and milk.

Baking for Kids

Do your kids like cookies? (Silly question, right?)

Our product can be hidden into the goodness of all kinds of baked goods. This is a great one for kids, because you can include them in the process of baking, and talk to them about the importance of following recipes and measuring out ingredients. Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so go ahead and start them while they’re young!

To make a healthier version of whatever you happen to be baking, just add NutraCleanse™! All you need to do is portion out some of the flour. If the recipe calls for one cup of flour, you can use ⅔ cup of flour and ⅓ cup of NutraCleanse. Give it a try in your next batch of chocolate chip cookies or banana muffins!

Sneaking our product into meals and snacks everyday will provide your children (and you) with essential nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. To learn more recipe ideas or find out where you can purchase our product, feel free to visit our website or watch the video below:

 

 

 

 

 

Why Your Child Needs Omega Fatty Acids

Omega Fatty Acids are Called Essential for a Reason

We’ve all been hearing it for a while now (particularly in recent years with the increased research on the benefits of eating healthy): foods that contain a high amount of omega fatty acids can significantly improve your overall health.

While study and research is ongoing, scientists are also discovering several positive associations between essential fatty acids (Omegas 3 and 6) and brain development in children.

What children eat affect their focus and cognitive skills, and it’s worth it to consider foods or supplements that help to ensure your child is getting the nutrition required for all their growing and learning.

So what exactly are essential fatty acids?

Essential fatty acids are types of fat that are essential in the diet because they can’t be produced by the body. Essential fatty acids include omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-3 (linolenic acid). These fats help build cells, regulate the nervous system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, build immunity, and help the body absorb nutrients. They are also vital for healthy brain function because of their role in neurotransmitter function, which is crucial for growing children.

How essential omega fatty acids can improve brain development in kids:

Behaviour

ADHD

Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and researchers are also suggesting it can reduce or curb childhood aggression and other behavioral problems.

The study found here goes onto explain that omega-3 fatty acids, which are naturally found in salmon, tuna, avocado, and flax seeds, influences a child’s behavior on the short and long-term basis. A child who can avoid behavioral problems and can focus and reason with you, will have an advantage both on and off the playground.

Parents will also find it less stressful and it may allow more quality time to do fun activities without any issues.

Reading Ability

Aside from behavioural issues, studies are also suggesting there are positive effects of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in children who struggle with reading difficulties. This can be contributed to the positive effects of the brain and eye development and the transmission of signals.

Sending your child off to school or providing them with any sort of education, is a life essential. Reading and the ability to read well will help them get through the very important years of learning and greatly impact their entire adult life.

How Can NutraCleanse Help?

Although the human body can make most of the fats it needs from other fats or raw materials, omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fats that the body must acquire from food. Over the course of a few days, a good source of omega-3 can be found in one tablespoon of flaxseed.

NutraCleanse is made up of several healthy ingredients, including flaxseed. We feel our product is safe for children over the age of four years old. To inquire about children younger than four years, we recommend you discuss NutraCleanse with your family doctor.

As a handy resource, we’ve created several recipes that include the goodness of NutraCleanse, so you can sneak it in your child’s favourite food and your child won’t even know!

To learn more about the benefits of each ingredient, or to find a location where you can buy NutraCleanse, we encourage you to visit our website.


References

  1. http://www.babycenter.com/0_essential-fatty-acids-in-your-childs-diet_10324690.bc
  2. http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/features/brain-foods-kids#1
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312943.php
  4. http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/do-kids-need-omega-3-fats