Protein, vitamins B-6, B-12, and D, and omega-3’s are key nutrients found in seafood that promote healthy growth. They can help with development throughout childhood and can help minimize chronic disease risk later in life.
- Along with supporting healthy eye development, seafood’s omega-3s support our ability to detect light. Nearly half of our eye’s light-detecting cell structure is made up of omega-3s.
- Fish, especially salmon and swordfish, is packed with Vitamin D, a bone-strengthening nutrient that is present in very few foods. Vitamin D is necessary for building bones and teeth and assisting in the absorption of calcium.
- Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein, essential for a child’s body development. Protein is found in every cell in your body. Protein is also necessary for the continuous repair and growth of tissues including bone, skin, and muscles.
- Children who consume more seafood have less anxiety and better focus. Omega-3s have been shown to help reduce behavior problems and aggression in children – and their parents.
Despite everything we know about the importance of seafood for growing minds, kids are only getting 40% of the omega-3s recommended by the National Academy of Medicine.