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DHA-Omega 3s for Expecting Moms

DHA-Omega 3s for Expecting Moms

More and more evidence is piling up about the health benefits of eating foods high in DHA omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and trout and taking DHA-omega-3 supplements. And now, according to researchers at University of Granada and King's College London, there’s yet another major benefit—and it’s for moms-to-be and their babies.

In a study, the scientists found moms who took 400mg of fish-oil-derived DHA omega-3 supplements daily during pregnancy delivered babies with more iron in their blood than moms who didn’t take DHA. Sufficient iron is essential to assure proper in utero and childhood brain development.

Unfortunately, 30 to 50 percent of pregnant women worldwide are iron deficient and that’s one common cause of iron deficiency in a fetus or newborn; other gestational conditions that cause iron deficiency include a mom who smokes, has diabetes and/or hypertension.

So, if you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant stop smoking (everyone should) and make sure your glucose levels and blood pressure are in a healthy range. Plus, we strongly recommend you take algal oil, not fish oil, to get your omega-3s. The fish get theirs from algae, so cut out the middle fish and avoid worry about contaminants. (We recommend 900mg daily for most folks; pregnant women can take 200mg or more a day—and don’t forget your prenatal vitamin.) And, as we said in our book YOU: Having a Baby, enjoy up to 12 ounces a week of salmon and trout.

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