Not Enough Fish in the Sea for UK Government's Plans to Boost Children's Nutrition with Omega 3 DHA and EPA from Fish Oil
June 14, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsSchoolchildren are to be given fish oil supplements to boost their brain power and improve their behaviour and ability to concentrate under plans being considered by the UK Government.
London Nutritionist and founder of Foods For Life Yvonne Bishop-Weston says that "Apart from the issues of toxity in fish from dioxins, PCB's, xeno-oestrogens and heavy metals there are simply not enough fish in the sea for this type of mass dosing of children with omega 3 DHA and EPA from fish."
Yvonne agrees that youngsters do not get enough Omega-3 in a daily diet dominated by modern convenience foods and that a lack of these nutrients can contribute to poor learning, disorder and even violence in the classroom.
However she believes there is a better alternative. Luckily there is now an algae based sustainable alternative to fish called V-pure. A special strain of algae has been found that is rich in both omega 3 long chain fatty acids DHA and EPA . It's grown in tanks so is toxin free and environmentally friendly and doesn't endanger fish stocks.
The Independent revealed that The Food Standards Agency, the Government's advisory body on food, is conducting a major review into the effect of Omega-3 fish oil supplements on children's behaviour.
Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Education, has asked to see the results. "The Food Standards Agency is currently conducting a systematic review of research looking at the effect of nutrition and diet on performance and behaviour of children in schools," he said. "This includes investigating studies that have used Omega-3 and -6 fish oil supplements in schools."
This is a another example of the govt not thinking things through - even the British Medical establishment admit there just aren't enough fish in the sea to meet everyones omega 3 needs. We need to seek plant sources.
"As a mother rather than a nutritionist I want to still be able to tell my son 'there's plenty more fish in the sea' when he grows up" says Yvonne.
Plant Based Omega 3 Long Chain Fatty Acids DHA EPA
Background information on Omega 3
Foods For Life London Nutrition Consultancy