Health Goodies for Little Seafoodies: Benefits of Seafood for Kids

healthy brain omega3s for whole kid healthThe benefits of seafood for kids are big! Fish and shellfish supply the nutrients, vitamins, and omega-3s essential for strong bones, brain development, and a healthy heart and immune system.

Protein, vitamins B-6, B-12, and D, and omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA and EPA) are key nutrients found in seafood that promote healthy growth and development throughout childhood and can help minimize chronic disease risk later in life.

Big Brains

Better Grades

Healthy Eyes

  • Along with supporting healthy eye development, seafood’s omega-3s support our ability to detect light. Nearly half of our eye’s light-detecting cell structure is made up of omega-3s.

Strong Bones

  • Fish – especially salmon and swordfish – is naturally packed with Vitamin D, a bone-strengthening nutrient that is naturally present in very few foods. D is necessary for building bones and teeth and assisting in the absorption of calcium.
  • Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein, essential for a child’s body development especially during times of rapid growth. Protein is found in every cell in your body and is necessary for the continuous repair and growth of tissues including bone, skin, and muscles.

Less Stress

  • Children who consume more seafood have less anxiety and better focus. Omega-3s have been shown to help reduce behavior problems and aggression in children – and their parents.

Breathe Well

Despite everything we know about the importance of seafood for growing minds, overall, kids are only getting about 40% of the omega-3s EPA+DHA recommended by the National Academy of Medicine.

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