Dr. Nancy Worthington, a pediatrician in Gainsville, Florida has been recommending Omega-3 fish oils to her patients for over four years. She believes that the traditional American diet is so loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids, that unless we balance this with proper nutrition and Omega-3 fatty acids we will continue to see a rise in mental health issues, behavioral issues and inadequate heart health, specifically, IN CHILDREN. This is a a summary of her results as well as a video interview with more detail.
Dr. Worthington discovered that with childhood issues like: anxiety, depression, ADHD, and atutism, rather than just sending children to therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy, she could add Omega-3 fatty acids into children’s diets and improve many of these conditions. Two years ago, Rachel Garcia introduced her to Mila. Dr. Worthington did some research and switched from recommending fish oil to Mila. At that point, she began to see resolution of constipation, and improvements beyond what she had seen from patients on fish oil. Together, Rachel Garcia and Dr. Worthington began a 90 day study with 37 children.
They began by collecting blood work from the children to get a baseline. At the start of the study, the blood work looked worse than expected. On a scale of 0-10, most children were closer to zero. The children enrolled in the study, began to eat 1/2 scoop of Mila (3 teaspoons) for the first 30 days, and worked up to a full scoop for the remaining 60 days.
After 90 days the blood work showed increases in EPA and DHA levels. The Omega 3 index, which shows risk for cardiovascular disease improved across the board. Anxiety had decreased and children with anxiety had become more social. Some of the children with ADHD no longer met the criteria. Problems with insomnia were resolved and all issues of constipation were solved. The parents of children with Autism noticed more willingness to engage in social play as well as child initiated conversation. One, 7.5 year old girl, had cholesterol levels of 194 in 2009 and 191 in 2011 and triglycerides at 124 (2009) and 127 (2011). After the 90 day study, her cholesterol level dropped to 179 and triglycerides to 79! The mother also reported positive changes in her mood and behavior.
These are amazing results and proof that just adding this simple, whole, raw food to your diet can greatly improve your health in many categories.
Here are some ideas of how to eat Mila with your family.