speak™

Pediatrician Formulated

Developed by a pediatrician, the speak formulation contains 7 nutrients in precise doses and ratios for children with special nutritional requirements. Each box contains sixty capsules or twist off capsules.

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The Nutrients in the speak™ Formulation.

Speak contains 7 nutrients in precise doses and ratios for children with special nutritional needs.




 

 

How speak Works

Formulated by a pediatrician and noted researcher, the speak™ formulation includes seven nutrients in precise servings and ratios for children with special nutritional needs. SpeechNutrients speak™ contains concentrated, ultra-purified omega-3 in addition to efficacious amounts of two forms of vitamin E.  Omega-3 supports cognitive function while working synergistically with the antioxidant vitamin E. Optimal amounts of both d-alpha and gamma tocopherols function as key antioxidants and operate with omega-3 fats to support neurological health and provide essential nutrition.  Due to the theoretical blood thinning effects of omega-3 and vitamin E, vitamin K (a normal and healthy blood clotting nutrient) is also included.  This precise combination of all-natural ingredients is delivered in a convenient 2-capsule or 1 Tbsp serving resulting in greater ease of use for parents and children.  

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speak™ Formulation

Developed from ground-breaking research

SpeechNutrients speak™ is the result of nine years of real life experiences from parents and their children who took action based on ground-breaking research on how essential fatty acids combined with vitamin E impact child development. After the exact formula was specified, the omega-3 experts at SpeechNutrients partnered with the world's leading producers to find the purest forms of ingredients in their appropriate biochemical form for optimal absorption and utilization. The result is SpeechNutrients speak™.

Parents were looking for nutritional support for their children with special nutritional needs

Parents began supplementing their children with purified essential omega-3 fatty acids. These parents were able to exchange information via the internet, support each other, and share their successes. Their tenacious spirits and positive experiences illuminated useful information that contributed to further research.

A noted pediatrician became involved

Knowing the benefits of omega-3 fats, a noted pediatrician directed her investigative skills to go further. As a result of her work and discoveries, she developed the precise formula that led to the patent pending formulation, now available as SpeechNutrients speak™.

The SpeechNutrients speak™ formulation was exclusively licensed to SpeechNutrients from Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (CHRCO).

After the formulation was developed and pending patent, SpeechNutrients researched and identified the purest ingredients in their appropriate forms for optimal absorption and utilization. Because this supplement was created for children, many with sensory and allergy issues, the ingredients had to be natural and guaranteed hypoallergenic.

Knowing that parents were struggling to find and combine the 7 different nutrients included in the SpeechNutrients speak™  formula, SpeechNutrients simplified the process by combining all into one easy to use supplement. SpeechNutrients speak™ is the only product of its kind.

Purity

SpeechNutrients speak™ contains highly purified and concentrated all-natural nutrients. The omega-3 contained in speak is sourced from wild caught, sustainable, exceptionally pure omega-3 concentrates. Utilizing the utmost care and precision in manufacturing and analyzing omega-3 concentrates, the omega-3 meets or exceeds all US and EU standards for purity, complies with California Prop 65, and meets and exceeds the GOED Monograph (Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3). This ensures that the SpeechNutrients speak™ formulation contains the purest grade oils with the ideal ratio of active EPA and DHA.  

 

speak™ does not contain:

  • Mercury
  • PCBs
  • Heavy Metals
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Pesticides
  • Gluten
  • Saturated fats
  • Trans-fats
  • Mold
  • Artificial flavors
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Mystery "filler" ingredients

Ultra-purified and Concentrated

  • We know the source: Our principal supplier can certify when and where the fish is caught. The approved fishery has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council since 2005 (and recertified in 2010).  The processing plant is built specifically for fish oil production, and it is thoroughly sanitized and fully automated with a computerized control center.
     
  • Time and temperature matter: High-grade fish oil cannot be heated above 180 degrees C because trans fats and impurities begin to form and the omega-3 fats can be altered. High-grade fish oil should not be exposed to heat for more than a few seconds. To maintain exceptional product integrity, we use a very low pressure vacuum and temperatures below 100 degrees for less than one second.
     
  • Our product is highly concentrated: Our fish oil is moleculary distilled and refined to a high concentration of omega-3s, making our oil a potent source of these healthy, essential fats required for human health. Finally, natural antioxidants are added. Our fish oil is held in an oxygen-free environment during the entire process. Our fish oil is then packaged and sealed immediately, ensuring its freshness and potency. Our product is guaranteed to be top-quality, delivering all the benefits of omega-3 in an effective, convenient capsule or emulsion.

What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 fats are unique and essential dietary fats.  They are not made in the body and must be consumed through diet and supplements.  EPA and DHA are the omega-3 fats found in fish and fish oil and are considered the most functional omega-3 fats.  While some consider omega-3 fats to be a vitamin because they are required in the diet, they are not formally recognized as vitamins.  Instead, they are called essential dietary fats.

EPA and DHA work individually and together to support neurological function and improve cellular activity.  Both EPA and DHA work in cell membranes.  Healthy cellular metabolism is central (i.e. critical) for normal functioning of all biological (i.e. human) pathways.  Specifically, EPA resides in cell membranes and supports healthy cellular metabolism.  Without adequate EPA, inflammatory pathways are increased and this compromises normal cellular function.  There is no dietary substitute for DHA.  DHA is required for normal and healthy brain and nerve development and maintenance.

What is vitamin E?

Vitamin E is a family of fat-soluble vitamins that work in the body primarily as antioxidants.  They are considered valuable and important vitamins for this reason. The richest food sources of vitamin E are nuts and oils.  

While 8 forms of vitamin E exist in various amounts in foods (4 forms of tocopherols and 4 forms of tocotrienols), nearly all of the research in humans has focused on the d-alpha tocopherol form.  It exists in the body in the greatest amount. More recently, we have learned about the importance of gamma-tocopherol and the importance of balance between these 2 forms of vitamin E. 

About d-alpha tocopherol:

  • It is transported and stored in blood and tissues and this is where it works as an antioxidant.  
  • As an antioxidant it protects body tissues (cells) from damage that occurs as a result of normal metabolism.  Our bodies, as living organs, are constantly in a state of flux and d-alpha tocopherol is simply a part of the machinery designed to maintain health and normal regeneration of cells.  Said another way, d-alpha tocopherol protects cells from oxidation.
  • As an antioxidant, it works with other fats, such as fish oil, to prevent oxidation and thereby supports cellular health. 
  • It also works to maintain healthy blood vessels.
  • Supplementing with d-alpha tocopherol increases the need for gamma-tocopherol and supplementing with both improves the function of both.
  • It is measured in International Units (IU) and is the form of vitamin E included in the Dietary Reference Intake.
  • It is available in natural (d-alpha) or synthetic (d,l-alpha) forms.

About gamma-tocopherol:

  • Like d-alpha tocopherol, it works as an antioxidant but gamma-tocopherol is structurally different from d-alpha and works in different pathways in the body.
  • Supplementing with d-alpha tocopherol increases the need for gamma-tocopherol and supplementing with both improves the function of both.
  • It is measured in milligram (mg) units. 

Why are both d-alpha and gamma-tocopherols in SpeechNutrients speak™?

SpeechNutrients speak™ has been carefully formulated to provide the optimal amount of both d-alpha and gamma tocopherols that are important for individuals with certain nutritional needs. Although the reasons are unclear today, emerging research indicates that these individuals appear to have an increased need for both of these antioxidants and at the same time, may not absorb them well. Further, d-alpha and gamma tocopherols improve the actions of omega-3 fats, and act as potent antioxidants. SpeechNutrients speak™ contains the natural forms of d-alpha and gamma tocopherol. 

In summary:  d-alpha and gamma work together as key antioxidants and work along with omega-3 fats to support neurological health and provide essential nutrition. 

What is vitamin K? 

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin with various functions in the body.  In the past 10 years, we’ve learned that vitamin K has roles in maintaining heart and bone health, as well as being a critical component for normal and healthy blood clotting. There are 3 forms of vitamin K, but only K1 and K2 are consumed by humans as vitamins.  Vitamin K1 is found in plants, and vitamin K2 is found in animal products.  They both have unique and important functions. 

Why is vitamin K in SpeechNutrients speak™?

Vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 are included in SpeechNutrients speak™ primarily to maintain nutrient balance. This is particularly important with long-term supplementation. It is important to support a proper balance between vitamins E and K.  Because individuals supplementing with SpeechNutrients speak™ may have an increased need for vitamin E, this in turn may increase the need for vitamin K. SpeechNutrients speak™ contains the natural forms of vitamins K1 and K2.

What is GLA?

GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is an omega-6 fatty acid derived from borage oil, and it works to support the EPA and DHA found in omega-3 fish oil.

Some basics On the Making of SpeechNutrients speak™:

Serving size: 2 capsules or 1 Tbsp, providing 7 concentrated and pure nutrients, for ease and convenience.

Flavor: Based on results from child tasting panels, orange was selected.

Amount of flavor: We avoided over-flavoring SpeechNutrients speak™ so that it can be easily blended into foods, such as yogurts, pudding, etc. We wanted enough flavor to give a pleasant but mild taste.

Purity: We use the highest quality ingredients to keep SpeechNutrients speak™ pure and hypo-allergenic.

Cost: SpeechNutrients speak™ costs about 50% less than purchasing the ingredients individually.

Vitamin E: SpeechNutrients speak™ contains increased vitamin E to provide important antioxidant support and protection for growing nerve and brain cells. Among other things, the vitamin E enables the essential omega-3 and 6 fats to work better. Almost all fish oil products contain a small amount of vitamin E as a natural preservative only which provides virtually no physiological benefits. The higher amount of vitamin E found in speak addresses the nutritional needs of certain individuals and is an important component of the unique speak formulation.

Questions from Parents

Supplementation

Ingredients

Product related

Allergens and Side Effects

What is the correct amount of SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement for my child?

If your child is already taking individual omega-3 and vitamin E supplements every day, you may begin with 2 capsules or 1 Tbsp daily. After two weeks, you may increase intake to 3 capsules daily. And after another 2 weeks, you may increase intake to 4 capsules daily until reaching a possible dosage of 6 capsules or 3 Tbsps per day. If your child has never taken omega-3 or vitamin E in supplement form, start with 1 capsule of speak™ daily. After 2 weeks, you may increase the serving to 2 capsules daily until reaching a possible serving of 6 capsules over 12 weeks continuing at that dosage going forward.  If you believe that your child will benefit from additional supplementation above 4 capsules, regardless of previous omega-3 supplementation, check with your healthcare practitioner (eg: Registered Dietitian, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Medical Doctor).

When should I give the SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement?

It is preferable to give SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement throughout the day during a child’s most active time – in the morning and afternoon. Start with the morning meal and whether you give 2 or 4 capsules daily (or more under a clinician’s care), divide the serving over the day. For example, 2 capsules with breakfast and 2 with an afternoon snack. If your child is in school, you can ask your school nurse to administer the supplements. Depending on your state, you may need a note for your child’s doctor. If you are not able to provide supplements throughout the day, administer the entire serving in the morning.

Why is it recommended to give speak for at least 4 months?

Different children respond at different times and in different dosages.  It's important to slowly titrate your child to the recommended dosage and allow for the omega-3 to affect changes in the red cell membranes.  While blood plasma levels can increase within hours after consuming omega-3, changes in the red cell membranes and in the brain can take 3 to 4 months.  Optimal benefits are best be realized with proper dosage and adequate time.

My child cannot swallow capsules. How can I provide SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement?

speak Smooth is a delicious way to administer the speak supplement.  The flavor tastes like an orange push-up or dreamsicle, and the texture is that of a creamy smoothie.  The speak twist capsule is a great alternative for children who can't or won't swallow capsules.  Simply twist or snip the end of the capsule and squirt the oil directly into your child's mouth or blend the contents with any non-heated food or beverage.  The standard softgel capsule can be pierced as well. Because the taste is mild and pleasant, your child may chew on the capsule(s) of SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement to extract the nutrients and either swallow the empty capsule or spit it out. Alternately, you may pierce the contents of the capsule with a clean pin and squirt the oil onto a non-plastic spoon. Or you may blend the contents of the capsule in a small amount of a non-heated food such as nut butters, smoothies, applesauce, mashed banana or avocado, and yogurt. Be certain that your child consumes the entire amount of the blended food to get the full benefit of the capsule contents. Blending with food and serving on a spoon or in a small cup is easiest. And please only use non-plastic dishware as the oil may stain plastic.

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Why do you need to take SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement with foods containing fat?

The fat-soluble contents – omega-3 and vitamins E and K – of SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement are better absorbed with foods containing fat. Suggestions include coconut milk, avocado, nut butters (almond, cashew), peanut butter, nuts, seeds, egg yolks, fish, poultry, beef, pork, and lamb. For those not on a casein restricted diet (a protein in dairy products that many children with neurodevelopmental issues cannot tolerate), yogurt, whole milk, cheese, and pudding are also good fat-containing choices.

What are the nutritional ingredients in SpeechNutrients speak supplement and why are they included?

Omega-3 fatty acids -- EPA and DHA:
All fats are made of fatty acids, which are classified as either saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated. Omega-3 fatty acids are in the polyunsaturated family. Within the category of omega-3 fatty acids, two called EPA (eicosapentanoic) and DHA (docosahexanoic) are considered the most functional, working both individually and together.

Vitamin E -- d-alpha and gamma tocopherols:
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that exists in nature in eight different forms, classified as tocopherols or tocotrienols. The primary function of vitamin E is to prevent oxidation of the fat-containing outer layer of cells. This is particularly important in cells with a high polyunsaturated content such as neurons, or nerve cells. Vitamin E as d-alpha tocopherol increases the need for vitamin E as gamma-tocopherol and both work synergistically. These forms of vitamin E appear to enhance the health impact of omega-3 fats. For these reasons, SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement contains vitamin E.

Vitamin K -- forms 1 and 2:
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that occurs in nature as vitamin K1 in plant foods and vitamin K2 in animal foods. The main role of vitamin K is to assist in blood clotting and bone mineralization. Because it is important to support a proper balance between vitamins E and K, SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement contains this nutrient.

Why not just take cod liver oil?

Because cod liver oil does not contain enough omega-3, or the correct ratio of omega-3, or the other nutrients that are important for optimal benefit in children with certain nutritional needs. Cod liver oil also contains varying amounts of vitamins A and D and increasing servings of cod liver oil can provide excessive amounts of vitamin A. In fact, parents who have used cod liver oil in their children with these challenges have reported seeing no benefit.

What if I take cod liver oil with speak™?

Cod liver oil has more DHA than EPA and is not very concentrated with omega-3. It has a great history of traditional use in the US and Europe. There isn’t any vitamin A or D in SpeechNutrients speak™, so you are not increasing those nutrients. SpeechNutrients speak™ has more EPA than DHA, as this is what may be best for certain children. The antioxidants in SpeechNutrients speak™ support the omega-3s and add additional benefit. So, by using them together you are not duplicating any vitamins, just adding omega-3.

My daughter has a soy allergy.  I noticed that the vitamin E is “derived from refined soybean oil.” Can this be a problem?

The majority of vitamin E available and used in supplements is derived from soy.  Individuals with soy allergies and soy sensitivities are typically allergic to the proteins in the soy.  The vitamin E used in speak is so highly refined and purified that all the proteins are filtered out so only the vitamin E remains.  We have many children with soy allergies and soy sensitivities who benefit from the nutrients in speak.

Why is the product orange flavored?

Because that’s what small children told us they like the best! We did a survey and found orange to be the most acceptable flavor by most of the children.

I’ve just received a new box of speak twists and noticed that they’re a different color (darker) than what was in my last box.  Why has the color changed?

Speak is sourced from all-natural raw ingredients which due to variations in nature can have slight differences from lot to lot. Vitamin E in particular tends to have variations in color especially from vendor to vendor, and it’s likely that the vitamin E used in the current batch was a bit darker than previous batches.  The materials used in speak are of the highest quality, concentration, and purity and because of this, even slight shade differences in a single ingredient will have an effect on the overall color of the capsule.  Every batch of our speak product is third party tested for purity and freshness and meets or exceeds all US and EU standards ensuring the purest grade oils.

Are the ingredients in SpeechNutrients speak™ safe?

Each of the nutrients are common vitamins that have been studied for years, some more than others. All of the nutrients have excellent safety profiles. Fish oil, as long as it is properly manufactured and handled, is very safe. Vitamin E has been on the market and consumed by millions of people for many years. Vitamin K is in nearly every multiple vitamin available. Of course, it's always best to check with your doctor before starting any new supplementation program.

How long will it take to notice benefits with SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement?

Families have reported results within days, weeks, and months of supplementation. Factors that can influence response to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation include previous fish oil use, other nutrient supplementation, medication, gastrointestinal health, dietary intake, and more. Every child is different, however, and no one can predict how each child will respond.

What does SpeechNutrients speak supplement taste and smell like?

The taste and smell of SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement is a result of using natural ingredients. All fish oil supplements tend to have a slight, well, fish smell and taste. The perception of both the taste and smell is different among individuals. To some, the flavor and scent are imperceptible; while others are more sensitive. For a more sensitive child, use the masking techniques described in “My child cannot swallow capsules. How can I provide SpeechNutrients speak supplement?” Or immediately following the capsule, provide a bitter or sour food such as a dark chocolate chip. Many of our more sensitive kids have found speak Smooth to best the most palatable option.

Can SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement trigger seizures?

Children with developmental disabilities, most notably those with cerebral palsy and autism, have a higher incidence of seizures. If your child has these diagnoses or has a history of neurological disorders, developmental regression, febrile seizures, or sleep apnea, check with your healthcare clinician before using any dietary supplement or nutraceutical. Also, consult with your practitioner before using more than 4 SpeechNutrients speak™ supplements daily. Of course, individuals respond differently. For instance, the response to the top 8 food allergens -- milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat varies widely among children, ranging from totally benign to delayed sensitivities to anaphylaxis.

Are there any contraindications for SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement?

All fish oil, including SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement, can improve circulation by acting as a natural blood thinner, reducing the risk of heart disease. This may be a consideration when combining with supplements (eg: ginger, garlic, curcumin) or medications (eg: aspirin, ibuprofen) that have similar effects on what researchers refer to as platelet aggregation. Surgeons generally recommend discontinuing use of any product that thins blood at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. Check with your healthcare professional.

I avoid gluten and casein in my diet, do I need to worry about SpeechNutrients speak™?

No. All of the ingredients used in SpeechNutrients speak™ are free of gluten and casein.

What is gluten and casein? I’ve never heard these words before.

You are not alone. Gluten is a type of protein that exists in wheat, oats, rye and barley. Casein is a protein that exists in dairy foods, such as cow’s milk and cheese. Some people are allergic or sensitive to these foods. It is becoming easier to find foods that are free of gluten and casein. Read labels and consult with a dietitian.

What are the possible side effects of SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement?

For healthy children, the primary possible side effect of SpeechNutrients
speak™ supplement is loose stools. Be certain to follow recommendations and increase serving gradually. Loose stools are typically not permanent, dissipating over time.

Because omega-3 fatty acids reduce platelet aggregation, acting as a blood thinner, fish oils may increase bleeding time. Erring on the side of caution, omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is often contraindicated for individuals who are taking blood thinners such as warafin and Coumadin™. Doctors recommend that patients discontinue use of fish oil supplements two weeks prior to surgery. SpeechNutrients speak™ omega-3/vitamin E speech supplement has been formulated to protect against theoretical risks with the inclusion of vitamin K. Oxidation of omega-3 fatty acids typically occurs in liquid forms that are not refrigerated after opening or with capsules that are exposed to high heat. SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement has been formulated to protect against oxidation with the inclusion of vitamin E. Exposure to environmental toxins in fish, such as mercury, are a concern only in omega-3 fatty acids that are not purified. SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement is manufactured under stringent regulations.

Nutrition researchers and clinicians consider the natural forms of vitamin E, which are contained in SpeechNutrients speak™ supplement, to be safe vitamins. Like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E acts as a blood thinner; so exercise caution as indicated above.

Some developmental pediatricians and neurologists suggest that children who have a history of neurological disorders, developmental regression, and febrile or non-febrile seizures should use omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E with caution, consulting with qualified healthcare clinicians before use.

The form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone, in NourishLife speak™ supplement does not result in toxicity. The synthetic form, called menadione, however, can potentially increase oxidative stress. High amounts of vitamins A and E antagonize vitamin K. For this reason NourishLife speak™ supplement has been formulated with balanced amounts of vitamins E and K.

 

Supplement Facts and Dosage

SpeechNutrients speak™ contains a patent pending blend of concentrated and purified omega-3s from fish oil (EPA and DHA), natural vitamin E (d-alpha and gamma tocopherols), Vitamin K (K1 and K2), borage oil (GLA) and natural orange flavor in 1200 mg soft gelatin capsules.

How To Read speak™ Supplement Facts

 

How should I begin supplementing with SpeechNutrients speak™?


What is the correct serving of speak for my child’s height, weight, and age?


How often and at what times should I administer SpeechNutrients speak?


How should I give SpeechNutrients speak™ to my child?


When should I begin to notice beneficial changes in my child?


Can older children benefit from speak™?


My child seems more emotional, weepy, agitated. Is this normal?


What are the possible side-effects of omega-3 and vitamin E supplementation?

 

How should I begin supplementing with SpeechNutrients
speak™?

If your child is not currently taking omega-3 fish oil or vitamin E supplements:  Start with 1 capsule of SpeechNutrients speak™ daily. After 2 weeks increase the serving to 2 capsules daily continuing to increase in 2 week increments until reaching a possible dosage of 6 capsules per day continuing at that dosage going forward.  If you believe that your child will benefit from additional supplementation beyond 4 capsules, check with your healthcare provider (e.g.: Medical Doctor, Registered Dietitian, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy).

Suggested serving plan for those not current taking fish oil or vitamin E supplements:

If your child is already taking individual fish oil and vitamin E supplements:  First determine the current serving amount of the active omega-3 (EPA and DHA) and vitamin E (if any) that your child is receiving with the existing supplement* (usually listed clearly on the “Supplement Facts” panel. Be sure to determine the amount per serving or per capsule). This will provide you a baseline from which to start for an equivalent serving. Some families administer both “High EFA” and “High EPA” supplements. Shown below is a chart illustrating the amounts of each ingredient and how 2 capsules of speak provide the essential equivalent to three capsules of the other supplements plus additional nutrients in SpeechNutrients speak™ provide added benefits and nutrient balance, not found in other omega-3 supplements. *Feel free to contact SpeechNutrients at 1-800-471-0358 if you have any questions.

 

  High EFA
2 caps
High EPA
1 cap
speak
2 caps
EPA 270 425 725 mg
DHA 180 100 275 mg
GLA 66   60 mg
Vitamin E (Alpha)     500 IU
Vitamin E (Gamma)     200 mg
Vitamin K1     2 mg
Vitamin K2     300 mcg

 

Once you have determined the amount you are currently giving, select a comparable amount of SpeechNutrients speak™ and begin with that serving (be sure to discontinue the other omega 3 supplements). Many families begin with 2 capsules of SpeechNutrients speak™ daily. After two weeks, increase intake to 3 capsules daily. And after another 2 weeks, increase intake to 4 capsules daily up to a possible intake of 6 capsules daily.  Most families report success with a transition period, that is, replacing omega-3 in the current supplement with SpeechNutrients speak over time.

 

What is the correct serving of SpeechNutrients speak™ for my child’s height, weight, and age?

Every child is different and you will know the “best” amount by knowing and observing your child. If your child is not currently taking omega-3, begin supplementing with one capsule daily (with food or snack) and increase slowly. Toddlers and smaller children may see the most benefit with 2 or 4 capsules per day, while older and larger children and adults may do best with 6 caps a day, divided throughout the day. We suggest working with your healthcare practitioner if you choose to use increased amounts. A guideline is that if you don’t see additional benefit with additional capsules, then stay with the lower serving.

 

How often and at what times should speak™ be taken?

It is preferable to provide SpeechNutrients speak™ throughout the day during a child’s most active time – in the morning and afternoon. Start with the morning meal and divide the serving throughout the day. For example, 2 capsules with breakfast and 2 with an afternoon snack. If your child is in school, you may ask your school nurse to provide the supplements. Depending on your state, you may need a note from your child’s doctor. If you are not able to provide supplements throughout the day, give half the serving in the morning and the balance with dinner (best not directly before bed as omega-3s may cause increased mental activity).

 

Speak CafeHow should I give SpeechNutrients speak™ to my child?

For the capsules, some children find it easy to swallow the capsule. Others bite the capsule (and swallow the gelatin shell or spit it out), many parents open (pierce) the capsules and mix the oil with non-heated foods (e.g. pudding, smoothie); others serve it on a spoon (with or without juice or fruit sauce) or squirt it directly into the mouth and follow with food. This works for the twist capsules as well.  Most children prefer to take speak Smooth directly off a spoon. Remember, avoid mixing the product with hot foods.

 

When should I begin to notice beneficial changes in my child?

Every child is different and responses vary. Occasionally, families report beneficial changes in their children soon after beginning supplementation while others may take several weeks or longer. Not all children experience benefits in the same ways or during the same time period.  A number of factors may influence a child’s response, such as consistency and serving, co-existing conditions (GI issues, allergies), previous supplementation, transition time, and adherence to special diets.

The time of year can impact response as well due to summer allergies, winter cold and flu season, etc. It is recommended to give SpeechNutrients speak™ on a daily basis (consistency is key) for a minimum of a 4 month period to determine if your child benefits from the nutrients in speak. Identifying and addressing underlying health issues may improve your child’s success. (GI problems and/or allergies are quite common and should be investigated.)

 

Can older children benefit from speak™?

Families have reported positive results in older children. It may take longer to see benefits in older children, depending on the child’s health status and health history and underlying GI issues and/or allergies. Follow the suggested use and increase over time.

 

My child seems more emotional, weepy, agitated. Is this normal?

Emotional outbursts and transient moods are common when children begin supplementing with omega-3 supplements. Each child is different. If your child has been ‘very compliant’, a change in this behavior may be considered normal. Parents have reported the “Tasmanian Devil” effect, where children become very active, oppositional but in time (2-3 weeks) rebalance.

 

What are some possible side-effects associated with omega-3 and vitamin E supplementation? (The issues described are typically associated with omega-3 supplementation – not unique to SpeechNutrients speak™.)

  • Some children may experience loose stools when they begin supplementation with oil-based capsules; this usually resolves quickly (great for constipated kids!)
  • Moodiness, irritability, and emotional outbursts are commonly reported in children during the first few days/weeks of omega-3 supplementation; however, this can be seen as a positive sign that changes are occurring.
  • Although theoretical, experts believe it is best to be off fish oil 2 weeks before a surgery due to increased bleeding risk, given the platelet effects of omega-3.
  • Avoid using products such as ibuprofen (motrin, advil) or aspirin since they increase the risk of bleeding, so the combination (omega-3, vitamin E, and these medicines) could theoretically heighten the risk of bleeding. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) may be an option under the direction of your healthcare provider.
  • Individuals on blood thinners such as Coumadin should not be using fish oil and vitamin E.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 softgel capsules
Servings per container: 30
Amount Per Serving 2 softgels %DV* %DV**
Calories 20mg    
Total Fat 2g   2
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g    
Vitamin Ed-alpha tocopheral 500 IU 5,000% 1,655
Gamma tocopheral 200mg
Vitamin K 2.3mg 2,875
Omega-3 Fatty Acids      
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 725mg
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 275mg
GLA 60mg
* Based on Daily Values for Children less than 4 years of age
** Based on Daily Values for Children 4 of more years of age
† Daily Value not established

Ingredients:Fish oil concentrate (from sardines, anchovies), d-alpha, gamma and natural tocopherals, borage oil, natural orange flavor, phytonadione, menaquinone.

Capsule contents: gelatin, purified water USP, glycerin USP.

Does not contain: milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, yeast, gluten, casein, sugar, starch, artificial flavor, colors or preservatives.

 

 

 

 

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