For years, health studies have warned of the negative effects of sugar, especially on children. A recent study published in The Journal of Physiology
shows that the ill effects may be worse than originally thought. It concludes that sugar actually impairs cognitive function and this can lead to many types of learning disabilities. Healthcare proffessionals like Jackie McKenzie, registered dietician and Life Science Nutritionals health consultant say they are not surprised.
"Overconsumption of sugar isn't just a problem at Halloween," warns McKenzie, who has raised the red flag about the overconsumption of sugar before. "Studies show that the habitual overconsumption of sugar is becoming a lifestyle for today's kids."
The research study examined the effects of fructose (a type of sugar) on a group of lab rats. After being trained to navigate a maze, the sugar rats were fed a steady diet of fructose for 6 weeks, after which they were retested on the same maze and failed miserably. Conclusion: sugar directly affects brain function, impeding memory and cognitive function.
Thankfully, the study also examined the effect of DHA (also known as Omega 3 fatty acids
) on the brain. The study showed that the mental impairments caused by the sugar were avoided by a diet containing DHA, leading the researchers to conclude the importance of eating foods with Omega 3
, especially when sugar consumption is high.
"This latest study shows what parents and teachers have seen in the classroom for years: too much sugar impairs cognitive function," says McKenzie who points to the love of convenience foods that are loaded with additional sugar. "That's why we encourage parents to feed their kids a diet that includes foods rich in Omega 3 or give them Omega 3 supplements.
IronKids Omega 3 is "For Smart Kids" for a reason. While this study focused on its ability to counteract the negative effects of the modern high-sugar diet, Omega 3 has been showed to have many other health benefits, including protection against all types of disabilities including heart disease, boosting the immune system, and reducing symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dementia, joint pain and other rheumatoid problems.
Recommended daily intake of Omega 3 fatty acids varies widely, but a good guideline is 40 mg for toddlers (ages 1 to 3), 55 mg for primary school-aged (ages 4 to 8), 70 mg for tweens (age 9 to 13) and 85 mg and 125 mg for teenaged girls and boys (ages 14 to 18) or roughly 2 servings of fatty fish per week or two IronKids Omega 3 Gummy Vitamins daily.
About IronKids Omega 3 Gummy Vitamins
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IronKids Omega 3 is part of a complete line of gummy vitamins for kids that includes IronKids Multi, IronKids Vitamin D, IronKids Fibre, and IronKids Calcium. All the IronKids Gummy Vitamins are manufactured in Canada by Life Science Nutritionals and approved by Health Canada.