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What if my child is allergic to fish?

Fish Protein In theory, fish proteins should be effectively removed in processing. However, it is certainly possible for fish oils to have small traces of protein. The fish gelatin that is used in our fish gelatin Omega-3 formula, however, is derived from fish protein, and could be considered allergenic.

For those who want or need an EFA supplement without fish oil please read what Dr. Katz says about Flax seed oil:

“Flaxseed oil or freshly ground flax seeds are an excellent source of the essential omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA or LNA) which is the quintessential parent member of the omega-3 family of essential fatty acids (EFAs). The body transforms it into EPA and the EPA into DHA. This transformation is very inefficient (the yield is about 10%) and is further inhibited by over-consumption of omega-6 fatty acids from most vegetable oils or certain disease states. Therefore, it is advisable to independently consume also ready-made EPA and DHA from good quality fish from high-quality fish oil supplements. Some recommended intakes are listed on the Introductory lecture on EFAs that I gave at the First Conference on Therapy of Verbal Apraxia, July 23-24, 2001, Morristown, NJ.

The CHERAB Foundation’s positive research results on potential improvement in speech following EFA supplementation are based on the use of ProEFA (Complete Omega) and that contains also another essential fatty acid, GLA which is an omega-6 fatty acid. The latter
appears to be beneficial to children with apraxia. It is not present in flax seed/flaxseed oil.

None of these materials present with any known side effects or known toxicity in an otherwise healthy person. Nevertheless, we advise every user of supplements to use them under medical supervision. We don’t know your child and we cannot provide you with
medical advice.

Sincerely,

Robert Katz, Ph.D.
CHERAB Foundation Director of Research”

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