Omega-3 junior syrup
Honey syrup with omega-3 fatty acids, which are of key importance for the brain, vision, heart and immune system development. The syrup is a source of DHA and EPA, which are in the optimal 5:1 ratio (similar to breast milk), and children consume 250 mg of DHA and 50 mg of EPA in a daily dose.
Who is the Omega-3 junior syrup intended for?
- The syrup is intended for children who do not consume sufficient quantities of omega-3 fatty acids through food.
- The Omega-3 junior syrup is suitable for children aged 3 to 14.
- The syrup is also intended for children who refuse to eat a certain food group.
Why choose the Omega-3 junior syrup by Medex?
- Because the Omega-3 junior syrup has a honey base (contains 74% or 143 grams of honey per bottle), it is enriched by pear and lemon juice, giving it an excellent taste, and is completely without the unpleasant smell of fish.
- Because it contains DHA and EPA, which are of key importance for the brain, vision, heart and immune system development, and which improve cell function.
- Because children consume 250 mg of DHA, which is also the daily dose recommended by the EFSA, and 50 mg of EPA with regular daily intake.
- Because it is a source of DHA and EPA omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids with the optimal 5:1 ratio (similar to breast milk1).
- Because it has added vitamins which are important for the growth and development of children, nervous system and together with omega-3 fatty acids have a supportive effect.
- Because it does not contain any preservatives, colourants, artificial aromas and sweeteners.
A syrup that contains 74% of honey
Did you know that the Omega-3 junior syrup by Medex contains 74% of honey? A single bottle of the Omega-3 junior syrup contains 143 grams of honey.
This beehive treasure is a blend of 300 different chemical compounds. We have added honey to the syrup, since it significantly improves its taste and makes it more aromatic and more pleasant for consumption. As a result, even the most selective children cannot resist it! At the same time, honey serves as a natural sweetener, the syrup therefore does not contain any added artificial sweeteners. In addition to this, the product protects against microorganisms, such as bacteria, mould and yeast, thus acting as a natural preservative.
How do vitamins added to the syrup function?
- Vitamin A contributes to ensuring iron metabolism and to the maintenance of normal vision.
- Vitamin B12 contributes to the function of the immune system, to the normal psychological function, to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and contributes to normal red blood cell formation.
- Vitamin C contributes to the function of the immune system, to the normal psychological function, and contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
- Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth and to the normal function of the immune system. The Omega-3 junior syrup contains vitamin D in its natural D3 form (cholecalciferol), which absorbs well into the body.
- Folate contributes to normal blood formation. It also contributes to the normal psychological function and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, which is particularly important for children who are already in kindergarten and school.
What are omega-3 fatty acids and why are they so important?
Fat represent an important part of our diet, since the intake of certain fatty acids has a beneficial effect on health, and at the same time it is important from the point of view of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).
According to certain guidelines, fat should represent up to 30% of consumed energy, whereby saturated fat should not exceed 10%. Omega-3 also belong to unsaturated fatty acids, which fall among essential fatty acids – which means that the body is unable to synthesise them, and therefore need to be introduced with food. A large dietary source of omega-3 is represented mainly by “fatty” fish, which are however not consumed in sufficient quantities by children.
The α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are all necessary for our normal function, are all considered unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which are found in the highest concentration in fats of marine organisms and slightly lower concentrations in other food of animal origin, whereas ALA is found in various plant sources.
Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids are important for the synthesis of eicosanoid hormones, which impact reproductive functions, regulate blood clotting, blood pressure and body temperature. They also impact the normal development and function of the brain and nervous system.
Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely important for the growth and development, particularly the brain and vision
Omega-3 fatty acids have an indispensable role in the growth and development of children's nervous system, brain tissue and vision, particularly in the last three months of pregnancy and first years of the child’s development. This is why the need for omega-3 fatty acids, which have also a significant impact on the heart and nervous system, is increased in that period of time. People consume 77% less fish, which are a source of omega-3 fatty acids, than what is recommended.2
The recommended daily intake for children aged 2 to 18 is the same as the adult population – that is consuming fatty fish once to twice a week. Since a sufficient quantity of omega-3 fatty acids cannot be ensured through food, fish oil may be added to meals of children, which they often do not like due to its unpleasant smell and taste.
The Omega-3 junior syrup per recommended daily dose (2 spoons = 10 ml) contains 250 mg of DHA and 50 mg of EPA.
Spreadsheet: Comparison of the content of α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in different types of food (descending in order of DHA content) (OPEN, 2015)3
|Type of food||ALA (C18:3n-3) (mg/100 g)||EPA (C20:5n-3) (mg/ 100 g)||DHA (C22:6n-3) (mg/100 g)|
|Meat, eggs and milk|
|Food of plant origin|
a ALA, EPA and DHA content (mg/100 g) in the edible part of raw food.
b,c ALA, EPA and DHA content in meat varies according to the selected piece of meat (OPEN, 2015)
Vitamin B12 has a very important role in the function of the nervous system
Vitamin B12, which the human body is unable to synthesize and must therefore be obtained through food, was also added to the Omega-3 junior syrup.
The mentioned vitamin contributes to the DNA synthesis process and to the function of the nervous system. In case of unidentified deficiency, severe neurological dysfunction may occur. Prolongued deficiency and deficiency during growth (children) are especially dangerous. An early vitamin B12 deficiency diagnosis is very important particularly for development disruptions in order to establish appropriate treatment that could prevent permanent nervous system damage.
Vitamin B12 also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and is also necessary for the normal function of the immune and nervous system, for the normal psychological function, and has a role in metabolising food, synthesising DNA and metabolising homocysteine. It also contributes to the formation of red blood cells, and at the same time it has a very important role in converting reserve and transport forms of folic acid in its effective form.4
People who do not consume food of animal origin are often subject to vitamin B12 deficiency.
How are omega-3 fatty acids formed?Omega-3 fatty acids fall among essential fatty acids, which means that our body is unable to synthesise them and must be consumed through food.
There are 3 type of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Our body must first convert ALA fatty acid into EPA and DHA; however, this conversion is very inefficient, since it converts only a very low percentage. The most important step in endogenous synthesis is the conversion of DPA into DHA, which is considerably impacted by the intake of EPA and DHA through food. DHA may also be synthesised from EPA, which is consumed with seafood, through the same biochemical process. For this reason, vegetable oils, rich with omega-3 (with ALA), are not the best choice for replacing omega-3 fatty acids. Age and gender also affect conversion to a considerable extent.
Did you know?
- Consuming omega-3 fatty acids in the child's first year reduces the risk for the development of autoimmune diseases, such as type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis.5
- A research conducted by the Oxford University established that regular consumption of DHA omega-3 fatty acids by children aged 7 and 9 has positive effects on children with poor reading skills. They may also have a beneficial effect on behavioural and cognitive traits of children, since they reduce hyperactivity and aggressiveness and regulate mood swings. This is likely the very reason, since the children’s behavioural traits have improved, why their reading skills have also improved, as children were calmer and were able to focus more easily and consequently achieved better reading results.6
- Studies have shown how consuming vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids has a positive effect on mental processes. Scientists believe that vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) cooperate in maintaining the normal values of seratonin in the brain. The co-action of omega-3 and vitamin D may be explained with the effect on the seratonin system: vitamin D regulates the enzymes that are involved in the synthesis of seratonin, EPA affects their excretion, and DHA affects the accessibility of seratonin receptors on the cell membrane.7
- Prolongued consumption of fish oil by children is believed to significantly contribute to the improvement of reading and spelling. Furthermore, researchers have found out that the likelihood of depression occurring in children is also reduced.8
- They have proven that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids through food is lower compared to adults. For this reason adding omega-3 fatty acids to children’s meals is all the more important.9
1 García-Ravelo S, Díaz-Gómez NM, Martín MV, Dorta-Guerra R, Murray M, Escuder D, Rodríguez C. Fatty Acid Composition and Eicosanoid Levels (LTE4 and PGE2) of Human Milk from Normal Weight and Overweight Mothers. Breastfeed Med. 2018
2 Resolution on the National Programme on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health 2015–2025 (Officiaul Journal of the RS, no. 58/15)
3 Watanabe F. Vitamin B12 sources and bioavailability. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2007 Nov;232(10):1266-74.
4 OPEN. 2015. Open Platform for Clinical Nutrition. Ljubljana, Jožef Stefan Institute: database. http://opkp.si (January 2015)
5 Stene LC, Joner G; Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Study Group. Use of cod liver oil during the first year of life is associated with lower risk of childhood-onset type 1 diabetes: a large, population-based, case-control study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Dec;78(6):1128-34
6 Richardson AJ, Burton JR, Sewell RP, Spreckelsen TF, Montgomery P. Docosahexaenoic acid for reading, cognition and behavior in children aged 7-9 years: a randomized, controlled trial (the DOLAB Study). PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e43909.
7 Rhonda P. Patrick and Bruce N. Ames. Vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids control serotonin synthesis and action, part 2: relevance for ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and impulsive behavior. The FASEB Journal article fj. 2015; 14-268342
8 Gow RV, Hibbeln JR. Omega-3 fatty acid and nutrient deficits in adverse neurodevelopment and childhood behaviors. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jul;23(3):555-90.
9 Thompson M, Hein N, Hanson C, Smith LM, Anderson-Berry A, Richter CK, Stessy Bisselou K, Kusi Appiah A, Kris-Etherton P, Skulas-Ray AC, Nordgren TM. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake by Age, Gender, and Pregnancy Status in the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003⁻2014. Nutrients. 2019 Jan 15;11(1):177.
Manufacturer: Medex d.o.o., Slovenia
Recommended consumption: Consume after a meal.
Two product packagings are sufficient for a month of use (one packaging contains a quantity for 14 days of regular consumption).
- The product is not recommended for persons allergic to any substance.
- Do not exceed the recommended daily doses.
- Food supplements are not a substitute for a well-balanced diet.
- Keep outside the reach of children!
- Minor deviations in product composition and appearance are possible due to the presence of natural ingredients.
- Store in a dark, dry place with room temperature up to 25°C.
74% honey, concentrated pear juice, 4.5% fish oil (antioxidant: tocopheryl-rich extract), concentrated lemon juice, natural aromas, vitamin C, emulsifier: polysorbate 20, vitamin E (DL-α-tocopheryl acetate), vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), folate, vitamin D3, vitamin B12.
No preservatives, colouring, sweeteners and artificial flavouring.
|Nutritional value*||Per 100g||Per recommended daily dose (2 spoons = 10 ml)||% NRV**|
|Vitamin C||300 mg||30 mg||37.5|
|Vitamin E||50 mg||5||41.7|
|Vitamin A||4000 µg||400 µg||41.7|
|Vitamin D||100 µg||10 µg||200|
|Folate:||500 µg||50 µg||25|
|Vitamin B12||7 µg||0.7 µg||28|
*The nutritional value is based on the ingredient analysis.
**NRV = nutrient reference value