Recent reports suggest that kids aren’t getting enough out of their diet for adequate nutrition, causing widespread public health concern. During development of early childhood years, it is essential that kids receive enough vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Significant physical and psychological health problems can result from nutrient deficiency, and substantially effect long term development. Two fundamental nutrient deficiencies that impact considerably on learning and psychological health are omega-3 fatty acids and iodine.
An Australian study conducted in NSW, called the Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS), showed that children are not getting enough fish in their diet. Amongst those sampled in the study, 27-37% of children said that they never or rarely ate fish. A further 35-45% of the kids in the study replied that they eat fish less than once a week. It has been recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), that kids should have at least 2-3 meals of fish per week for adequate intake of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Sadly, in the SPANS study only 4-8% of children replied that they eat 3 or more meals of fish per week. This data is extremely concerning for children’s health, and may represent a significant public health problem. A full report of the SPANS study can be found at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2006/spans.
Omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish, are the primary reason that all people regardless of age need fish in their diets. More so for the developing mind and for learning, omega-3 is crucial for kids. So what can be done about the problem of kids not eating enough fish? Are there any alternatives to fish? IQShield contains high quality fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fats. Not only may IQShield represent a significant health benefit to your kids, it has been manufactured specifically for kids in an easy-to-take form. IQShield comes in tasty fish shaped capsules, which burst fruity flavor into your mouth. Enjoyed by kids, IQShield is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids for simple convenience. At a dosage recommended at one capsule a day with food, offering the sweet tasting capsules to your children with their breakfast is a great way to start the day.
Equally as disturbing as the results observed with omega-3, the National Iodine Nutrition Study conducted in Australia has shown that an alarming number of children are also iodine deficient. The study involving over 1700 students from 88 schools across five states of Australia, discovered that almost half of the children (46.3%) fall in the range of mild to moderate iodine deficiency. There was also a corresponding increase in the size of the thyroid gland as measured by ultrasound in most of the states. This shows that iodine deficiency has a large impact on the body, and poses a significant health problem within children across Australia.
Iodine is an essential nutrient for healthy thyroid function, and particularly for brain development. Pregnant women and children pose the greatest health risk of iodine deficiency as it may lead to mental retardation and affect development of the developing child. The importance of iodine in nutrition has been substantially outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) . IQSheild contains 60mcg of iodine, which is 66% of the recommended daily intake for children up until the age of 5.
Although these studies were conducted in Australia, the problems of inadequate child nutrition exist worldwide. The average consumption of fish containing omega-3 fatty acids is currently insufficient across all age groups around the world. In reference to iodine, it has been estimated that 31.5% (266 million) of school children do not receive enough iodine. These two nutrient concerns alone represent a significant health problem, especially for early childhood development.
IQShield is a great way to supplement your child’s diet, with the most necessary nutrients for development. Available in chewable fish shaped capsules that burst flavor into your mouth, kids may enjoy their IQShield and achieve the health benefits.
- Li M, Eastman CJ, Waite KV, Ma G, Zacharin MR, Topliss DJ, Harding PE, Walsh JP, Ward LC, Mortimer RH et al: Are Australian children iodine deficient? Results of the Australian National Iodine Nutrition Study. Med J Aust 2006, 184(4):165-169.
- WHO: Iodine. In: Vitamin and mineral requirements for human nutrition. 2004.
- de Benoist B, McLean E, Andersson M, Rogers L: Iodine deficiency in 2007: global progress since 2003. Food Nutr Bull 2008, 29(3):195-202.