DHA is an Omega-3 fatty acid which is important for optimal visual and brain development. However, research shows that the Omega-3 fatty acids which consists of DHA, EPA and ALA intake of the average Malaysian remain low2. On top of that, nearly half of Malaysian parents are concerned about their children’s feeding behaviour due to their picky-eating habits1.
“The period from birth to 2 years of age is considered to be the primary growth phase for the human brain when it is measured in terms of brain weight3. However, some areas of the brain are not fully developed until the child reaches 6 or 7 years of age3. To support this, parents are recommended to provide their children with a diet that varies in nutritional content to ensure good brain development and function. In addition, during this period, DHA also plays a vital role as it supports the development of the brain with adequate daily intake. As our bodies do not efficiently produce similar omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish or plant sources, it is necessary for us to obtain sufficient amounts of it from our diets4,5,” said Puan Rozanna Rosly, Head of Dietetics Services, UM Specialist Centre.
With children’s ever-changing eating habits in mind, GSK introduced the new Scott’s DHA Gummies in Blackcurrant flavour, adding to its existing range of Orange and Strawberry flavours. Each Scott’s DHA Gummy contains microencapsulated technology that locks in the DHA goodness without a fishy taste. Scott’s DHA Gummies also contain Vitamin D, which supports healthy growth and bone development in children.
To continue educating children on the benefits of DHA, GSK launched the Scott’s Kindergarten and Primary School Outreach Program 2019 that aims to visit a total of 100 kindergartens and primary schools in the Klang Valley by the end of October 2019, benefiting about 10,800 children.
The program integrates the new Scott's DHA Gummies Blackcurrant flavour in a fun and activity-driven learning experience such as storytelling, problem-solving and sensory play.
1 Lee., et al. (2017). Childhood feeding behaviours and difficulties in Malaysia. Retrieved September 27, 2019, from http://www.hkjpaed.org/aspr2017/detail.asp?id=139
2 Ministry of Health Malaysia. (2017). Recommended Nutrient Intakes for Malaysia. Retrieved from http://nutrition.moh.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FA-Buku-RNI.pdf
3 Kuratko, C., Barrett, E., Nelson, E., & Salem, N. (2013). The Relationship of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) with Learning and Behavior in Healthy Children: A Review. Nutrients, 5(7), 2777-2810. doi:10.3390/nu5072777
4 Harvard T.H. Chan. (2019, May 22). Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-and-cholesterol/types-of-fat/omega-3-fats/
5 Oxford Academic. (2012, January 5). Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA: Health Benefits Throughout Life. Retrieved September 26, 2019, from https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/3/1/1/4557081