Children need a comprehensive and well-balanced nutritional structure to grow strong and healthy. Sea Buckthorn provides rich vitamins A, E, D, K, etc., trace elements including iron, zinc, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and iodine which are easy to absorb without any hormones. At the same time, it contains various immune regulating factors that increase children’s resistance against diseases and viruses without side-effects. Therefore it may be a smart choice to add Sea Buckthorn to the diet of children, including infants.
Despite parents’ best efforts, children’s diets may still fall short in certain key nutrients. Nutritionists note that a daily multiple vitamin-and-mineral supplement can help to round out any potential shortfalls in the diet, and can act as a safety net. Learn more about sea buckthorn’s benefits.
Preliminary results from studies done in the UK by Dr. Madeleine Portwood, the Senior Educational Psychologist at Durham Local Education Authority indicate that the addition of Omega-3 to the diet of 120 school children with learning difficulties (coordination, handwriting, spelling, reading, hyperactivity, and communication difficulties) over a six month period have shown “stunning improvements”. Dr. Portwood’s premise is that there has been a rise in learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyspraxia, hyperactivity and autism because there is a lack of the essential Omega-3 fatty acid in children’s diets.
Sea Buckthorn seed oil, which has a level of 32% Omega-3 (linoleic acid), could be an important part of restoring that healthy balance of EFA’s that we have lost through our ‘modern diet’. Read more about sea buckthorn seed oil.
Human breast milk contains significant amounts of linoleic acid. Prior to the 1990’s, most infant formulas contained low levels of this omega-3. Recognizing the need for this essential fatty acid, infant formula companies began adding linoleic acid to their formulas. The main source of this EFA is soybean oil. Consideration is also being given towards the addition of DHA. It is unclear as to whether dietary linoleic acid alone is sufficient to meet the EFA needs of infants. However, it is definitely known that dietary essential omega-3 fatty acids are critical for the development of the nervous system and vision in infants, especially pre-term infants.
Sea Buckthorn oil could also be a source of essential fatty acids in infant formulas or infant foods. It is interesting to note that in the body, linoleic acid (omega-6) interferes with the conversion of linoleic acid to its omega-3 relatives, DHA and EPA. The essential omega-6 fatty acids constitute a far greater proportion in the typical North American diet than the omega-3s. Therefore, nutrition experts are recommending that individuals increase their consumption of essential omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6.
Good health is directly linked to ’good’ nutrition. Children need to get the right balance of all necessary nutrients: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. Unless a parent can prepare a well-balanced meal, day after day, one may find themselves at a loss of time to supplement their child’s diet. Sea buckthorn is one of those rare natural supplements that are rich in antioxidants, essential amino acids, vitamin E, the rare Omega 7, vitamin C and 190 other bioactive nutrients. Read more about sea buckthorn’s benefits to overall well being. Children should use herbal remedies only with the consent of your physician. Under no circumstances do herbal remedies replace a physician’s care.
Li Fuyin et al. 1989. The Application of Sea Buckthorn in Traditional Tibetan Medicine. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sea buckthorn (H. rhamnoides L.). October 1989, pp. 302–303. Xian, China.
Richardson, AJ. ‘Fatty Acid Deficiency in Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and the Autistic Spectrum. Nutrition in Developmental Disorder Conference – Oxford September 2001.