Supplement FactsServing Size: 1 Tbsp (15mL)
Servings per container: 30
Amount Per Serving 1 Tbsp %DVfor Children under 4 years of age %DVfor Adults and Children 4 or more years of age
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 45 Total Fat 5g 8* Saturated Fat 1g 5* Trans Fat 0g † † Polysaturated Fat 2g † † Monounsaturated Fat 1g † † Cholesterol 30mg 10 Sodium 15mg 1 Total Carbohydrate 5g 2* Sugars 0g † †
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol) 500 IU 5,000 1,665 (as Gamma tocopherol) 200mg † † Vitamin K 2.3mg † 2,875
Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 725mg † † Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 275mg † †
Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) 60m † †
* Percent Daily Values (DV) based on a 2000 calorie diet † Daily Value not established Ingredients Oil blend (fish oil [anchovy, mackerel and/or sardine], borage oil), water, xylitol, glycerine, gum arabic, natural orange flavor, d-alpha, gamma and natural mixed tocopherol (derived from refined soybean oil), citric acid, xanthan gum, guar gum, beta carotene, sorbic acide, ascorbyl palmitate, phytonadione, menaquinone. DOES NOT CONTAIN: milk, egg, corn, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, yeast, gluten, casein, sugar, starch, artificial flavor or colors.
Supplement Facts and Dosage
SpeechNutrients speak smooth™ contains a patented 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.
How should I begin supplementing with SpeechNutrients speak™?
If your child is not currently taking omega-3 fish oil, start with ½ a tablespoon (7.5 mL) daily. After 2 weeks, increase serving to 1 tablespoon (15 mL) daily. Continue to increase servings by ½ a tablespoon every 2 weeks until reaching a possible dosage of 3 tablespoons daily divided throughout the day (eg. with meals.) Best taken with fat containing meal or snack.
It is recommended to administer speak smooth on a daily basis for a minimum of a 4 month period to adequately determine potential benefits.
Consuming 1 tablespoon, 2 to 3 times per day is suggested for maximum effectiveness. Toddlers and smaller children may see the most benefits with 1-2 tablespoons daily while older and larger children may see the most benefits with 2-3 tablespoons daily. Regular supplementation throughout the day is optimal.
Speak™ smooth may be taken on its own, or it can be blended with non-heated foods (e.g., pudding, yogurt) or liquids for consumption.
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 1 Tbsp of speak smooth provides 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.
EPA 270 425 725 mg DHA 180 100 275 mg GLA 55 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™ Smooth and begin with that serving (be sure to discontinue the other omega 3 supplements). Many families begin with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of SpeechNutrients speak™Smooth daily. After two weeks, increase intake to 1 ½ Tbsp daily. And after another 2 weeks, increase intake to 2 Tbsps daily up to a possible intake of 3 Tbsps daily. Most families report success with a transition period, that is, replacing omega-3 in the current supplement with SpeechNutrients speak™ Smooth over time.
What is the correct serving of speak™ Smooth 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 Tbsp (15 mL) daily (with food or snack) and increase slowly. Toddlers and smaller children may see the most benefit with 1 to 2 Tbsps per day, while older and larger children and adults may do best with 3 Tbsps 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 servings, then stay with the lower serving.
How often and at what times should speak™ Smooth be taken?
It is preferable to provide SpeechNutrients speak™ Smooth throughout the day during a child’s most active time – in the morning and afternoon, not at night. Start with the morning meal and divide the serving throughout the day. For example, 1 Tbsp with breakfast and 1 Tbsp with an afternoon snack. If your child is in school, you may ask your school nurse to provide the supplementation. Depending on your state, you may need a note from your child’s doctor. If you are not able to provide supplementation 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).
How should I give SpeechNutrients speak™ to my child?
Most children find speak Smooth delicious and prefer to take it straight from a spoon. Others enjoy Smooth mixed into their favorite smoothie or beverage. Speak Smooth may also be mixed into pudding, yogurt, or any non-heated food or beverage.
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 within the first few days of supplementation. Others notice advances in speech and coordination after several weeks. 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™ Smooth 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™Smooth?
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 all omega-3 and vitamin E supplements – 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 usually comes with increased babbling, imitation of sounds, and eventually words to sentences.
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.
Due to the manufacturer's exclusive distributorship, we are not permitted to ship this product to Brazil.
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. Speak smooth contains 30 tablespoons which is the equivalent of 60 capsules. Our NEW Pure Oil contains the same oil in the capsules and twists with a light, lemon flavor that can be poured directly from the bottle.
The Nutrients in the speak® Formulation.
Speak® contains 7 nutrients in precise doses and ratios for children with special nutritional needs. Each serving contains 725 mg EPA, 275 mg DHA, 500 IU d-alpha tocopherol, 200 mg gamma tocopherol, 2.3 mg vitamin K (K1 and K2), and 60 mg GLA.
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. Each serving of SpeechNutrients speak® contains concentrated, ultra-purified omega-3 (725 mg EPA, 275 mg DHA) in addition to rich amounts of two forms of vitamin E. Omega-3 supports cognitive function and is paired 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 purified ingredients is delivered in convenient 2-capsule servings, NEW Pure Oil which can be poured directly from the bottle, or our delicious speak® Smooth in a 1 Tbsp serving resulting in greater ease of use for parents and children.†
SpeechNutrients speak® contains highly purified and concentrated 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 a precise ratio of EPA and DHA.
speak does not contain:
- Heavy Metals
- Saturated fats
- 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 EPA and DHA omega-3s, making our oil a potent source of 1000 mgs per serving of these healthy, essential fats required for human health. Finally, d-alpha and gamma tocopherol (vitamin E) 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. 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.
- 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.†
- 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 an 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 yet inconclusive research indicates that some individuals may have an increased need for both of these antioxidants. Further, d-alpha and gamma tocopherols may 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 along with omega-3 fats 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. 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. 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. Speak contains 60 mg/serving of GLA.