Children's Health, General

Nurturing Young Minds: The Benefits of Omega-3 for Children’s Development

In the realm of parenting and nurturing our little ones, we often find ourselves seeking the best ways to ensure their healthy growth and development. While many parents are familiar with the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for adults, it’s equally important to understand the incredible advantages of Omega-3 supplements for children. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of Omega-3 and how it plays a pivotal role in supporting children’s overall well-being, focusing on their brain development, concentration, behaviour, and more.

Omega-3 for Children’s Brain Development

The journey of childhood is a critical time for brain development, and Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in this process. Research indicates that Omega-3s are essential for children’s normal brain development and function. These fatty acids contribute to improved brain function, especially in terms of learning and memory. Omega-3s also enhance children’s concentration, a key factor for their success in the classroom. By enabling kids to concentrate and excel academically, Omega-3 supplements remove obstacles and contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

Children’s DHA: An Essential for Brain Development

Among the various Omega-3 sources, Children’s DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) stands out for its remarkable impact on brain development. Studies have shown that a daily intake of 400–1,200 mg of DHA can lead to increased activation of the prefrontal cortex. This brain region is responsible for functions like attention, impulse control, and planning, which are crucial for children’s brain development and socialization. The positive effects of DHA extend beyond the individual; they can also influence the relationships and experiences children have daily, providing stability during key developmental stages.

Omega-3 and Children’s Behaviour

As children explore the world and engage with their peers, getting enough Omega-3 in their diet can support their normal growth and development. It helps children thrive, both inside and outside the classroom, by providing additional support for their growing bodies and a stronger immune system. This translates into more energy for play and fewer missed school days. Additionally, Omega-3 supplements contribute to the well-being of a child’s brain and eyes, essential components of their overall development.

Omega-3 for Children’s Concentration

Concentration is a challenge even for adults in our world filled with distractions, making it even more critical for kids. Omega-3 supplements can significantly improve children’s concentration, enhancing their ability to learn and socialise. Better focus leads to a more rewarding learning experience in the classroom.

The Benefits of Vitamin D for Infants

Vitamin D is another essential component of early development for infants. It combats vitamin deficiency and prevents conditions like rickets, which can lead to softening of the bones. Ensuring infants receive the right dosage of vitamin D is crucial, and the CDC recommends daily dosages of 400 IU for infants younger than 12 months and 600 IU for children from 12 months onward. Combining vitamin D with Omega-3 can contribute to both brain development and bone growth, providing children with a strong foundation for a healthy life.

Choosing the Right Children’s Omega-3 Supplement

Selecting the right Omega-3 supplement for children is a decision that should be made carefully. Consider factors such as the brand’s reputation, appropriate children’s vitamin D dosages, and whether the product is child-friendly. Zinzino’s BalanceOil Tutti Frutti is a game-changing option that meets these criteria. It’s molecularly tested for toxins to ensure safety and purity.

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A BalanceTest and Vitamin D Test are available to help parents determine age-appropriate target values for Omega-3 and vitamin D levels. This supplement, suitable for toddlers, infants, and older children, provides a kid-tailored taste and dosage, making it a practical choice even for picky eaters.

In a world filled with numerous challenges, Omega-3 supplements, alongside the right amount of vitamin D, provide simple solutions for nurturing the physical and mental well-being of our children. By supporting brain development, concentration, behavior, and overall health, Omega-3 becomes a valuable ally in ensuring our kids grow up strong, focused, and ready to embrace the world.

Remember, always consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any supplements into your child’s diet, and ensure they are appropriate for your child’s specific needs.

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Fertility, General, Women's Health

September is PCOS Awareness Month

PCOS is a condition that 5 -10% of women of childbearing age in the Australia have, experiencing chronic symptoms including:- weight gain- hair loss- hair growing in unwanted places (chin, breasts, lower belly, etc.)- depression- irregular or absent periods- acne

PCOS is also responsible for 70% of infertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating, as well as increased risks for prenatal problems including miscarriage and gestational diabetes in women who do become pregnant with this condition. For a subset of women, there is also an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

After years of working with women with PCOS, I can say there’s really no end to how this condition can impact quality of life, self-esteem, and mental health. But, in my years of working with women with PCOS, I can also say that there’s actually a lot we can do for PCOS; there is healing, there is relief, and, in my experience, there is actual reversal of the root cause.

Some top tips for the control of PCOS

Balancing blood sugar reduces inflammation and reverses the insulin resistance often driving PCOS, leading to reductions in androgens and related symptoms.

Moderate restriction of fast carbohydrates while increasing protein + healthy fats, decreases testosterone, improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces symptoms.🍴

Omega-3-rich fish at least three times a week can reduce insulin resistance + inflammation🍴

2 tbsp. of flaxseed per day to lengthen luteal phase, improve ovulation, and reduce testosterone levels.🍴

Other useful foods
Buckwheat – may be helpful in improving blood sugar balance and reducing insulin resistance.🍴

Sesame seeds – can reduce elevated androgen levels by improving DHEA-S and SHBG (sex-hormone- binding globulin) levels.🍴

Legumes (chick peas, kidney beans, and non-GMO organic soy) are a rich source of inositol

Remember!! this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach, you can combine these strategies with conventional therapies to create a protocol that feels right to you.

If you would like personalised support for controlling PCOS and gaining control of your life, I can design a program for you filled with diet and lifestyle changes that can help treat your underlying causes.


A bit from Rochelle…

So I’ll put it out there, I love a good medical mystery… no, not the type on TV, but real life cases.

Here’s why I think Naturopaths are good at solving medical mysteries…

Naturopaths, unlike medical doctors, are not constrained by time limits set by Medicare… it is really hard for Dr’s these days to do everything they need to…they are accountable to the Government. We can take the time to take a really thorough history and make some associations that may not have been thought of.

Often in difficult cases, you are referred to numerous specialists who each look at their own area, but do the specialists get to discuss you as a whole? Naturopathic Medicine looks are disease holistically and treats the cause of your disease rather than just as a series of symptoms.

Let me be clear, I am in favour of liaison with Dr’s and specialists, they are integral in the pathway to determining the diagnosis of your medical mystery, however, taking a holistic approach to the investigation and treatment works really well

Now to toot my own trumpet….

As well as Herbal Medicine and Naturopathic knowledge, I have training in Clinical Immunology and Pathology as well as Neurophysiology from Melbourne’s top universities. I have also completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters in Women’s Health Medicine from UNSW. Throughout this journey, I have formed relationships with some of Australia’s top Naturopaths, Medical GP’s and Specialists all on my team to help assist you with your medical mystery!!

If you have a case for me to solve, please feel free to call on 0481 751 610 to book an appointment.

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