Statistics released by the NHS in England in 2018 found that 1 in 8 children and young people have at least one mental health disorder e.g. anxiety, depression, behavioural, or hyperactive. Despite the numbers of children and young people needing support, only 1 in 4 reported accessing specialist mental health services.
In the US, research shows that symptoms such as attention deficit disorder, depression and other psychological disturbances, antisocial and aggressive behaviour are caused by impaired brain function. These impairments are due to the lack of long chain omega-3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA.
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel, salmon, herring, oysters, sardines, anchovies, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and soybeans would certainly help. However, not all youngsters necessarily like these foods and they do need to dominate the diet in both frequency and quantity.
DPA – The 'Missing' Omega
- DPA is an omega-3 that is not typically seen in other fish oil products - traditional fish oil production methods often remove this beneficial ingredient
- New research shows that DPA is as equally important to the body as EPA and DHA omegas.
- DPA plays a central role in regulating the use of EPA and DHA in the body. It can be converted to either EPA or DHA, depending on the body’s individual needs
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