Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA needs can be met with fish oil.
According to the Turkish Nutrition and Health Survey data, 8.2 percent of individuals aged 15 and over have 2-3 times a week, 27 percent once a week, 35.8 percent 1-3 times a month and 19 percent a month. While it is determined that they consume less than 1 fish and 8.8 percent do not consume fish at all, the World Health Organization recommends eating 1-2 servings of fish every week for a healthy life.
In this context, as easily chewable and easy digestion of fish is important for children and the elderly, especially during hunting ban periods, chewable and unsweetened fish oil serves the same function to meet the need for DHA and EPA, which are Omega-3 fatty acids.
Evaluating the effect of fish oil on the body, Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Clinical Immunology Head of Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer; “Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in fish oil are polyunsaturated fatty acids that have many basic functions in the human body. Since they cannot be produced in the human body, they must be taken from the outside.
EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain functions and normal vision. Therefore, it is indispensable for children in the developmental age.
Although scientific studies do not give an interval regarding the limitation of the duration of use, they indicate that regular use will be beneficial. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends an Omega 3 intake of 250 mg EPA + DHA daily for children aged 2 to 18 years.
When fish oil is to be consumed, IFOS approval, which evaluates the purity, stability, content and concentration of the product, must be sought.