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How important is DHA as a nutrient for children?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Jul 2015
Question: How important is DHA as a nutrient for children? What are the food sources that can offer it?
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Answered by Dr. Arun (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
very important for brain and iq

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
Dha is very important for children.
It is vital for brain development in children.
Dha is highly present in animal fat like fish, eggs, meats.
Certain vegetarian food like soya sunflower peanuts and green leafy vegetables also contain dha but is less quantities.
Children need 100mg dha per day.
This can be achieved with animal foods. For pure vegetarians dha supplements like health drinks will be beneficial.
Wishing your child good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (16 hours later)
Does Pediasure have DHA? I couldn't figure out in the nutrients list.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes it does

Detailed Answer:
Yes it does have dha ( labelled as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids).
You can give it.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (5 hours later)
Doctor, another query - Are you aware of this product called Dino kids by Herbalife? I want to know if it is good and how does it compare with Pediasure from a nutrition point of view.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
known for wrong reasons

Detailed Answer:
I have heard about that product.
It is similar to amway ( multi level marketing).
One of the expensive drinks but lately been associated with liver injury in many countries.
I wouldn't advice that product.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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How important is DHA as a nutrient for children?

Brief Answer: very important for brain and iq Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. Dha is very important for children. It is vital for brain development in children. Dha is highly present in animal fat like fish, eggs, meats. Certain vegetarian food like soya sunflower peanuts and green leafy vegetables also contain dha but is less quantities. Children need 100mg dha per day. This can be achieved with animal foods. For pure vegetarians dha supplements like health drinks will be beneficial. Wishing your child good health. Regards Dr Arun