Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Pregnancy 06/23/11

Omega 3 Fatty Acids & Your Baby

We have all heard by now that fat is good for you.  Of course when we say this we mean your Good Fats are Good for you.   Fats can be broken down into 2 distinct categories, saturated and unsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are the BAD fats.  These are animal fats, butter and lard.  Consuming large amounts of these fats can raise your cholesterol and should be limited in the diet.

Unsaturated fats can be further broken down into 2 categories.  Omega 6 unsaturated fats and Omega 3 unsaturated fats.    While we need both types of these unsaturated fats in our diets a proper balance is essential for optimal health.  Proper ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids to Omega 3 Fatty acids is 2 parts (omega 6) to 1 part (omega 3); however, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is 17 parts (omega 6) to 1 part (omega 3).

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

  • Corn Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Often times added to baked goods such as cookies and crackers to increase their shelf life

You should try to limit your intake of Omega 6 fatty acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (GREAT FATS!)

  • EPA & DHA – High concentrations are found in cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, and cod)
    • Flax Seed Oil
  • ALA – High concentrations are found in flax seed oil, walnuts, soybean, and rapeseed oil

You should try to increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids


So what does all this talk about Fish Oil (omega 3 fatty acids) have to do with you and your baby?

Well omega 3 fatty acids, particularly DHA is extremely important in the growth and development of our central nervous system (brain).   One study supplemented pregnant women with omega 3 fatty acids beginning at week 18 of their pregnancy and this supplementation continued for 3 months after the birth of the baby.  Those women that supplemented their diets with omega 3 fatty acids had babies that performed much better on mental processing scores at age 4 than those women that did not supplement their diets with omega 3 fatty acids.

In essence those women that supplemented their diets with omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation had smarter babies than those women that do not.

The benefits of omega 3 fatty acids do not stop there either.  Studies have shown that children diagnosed with ADHD and autism have lower levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their blood.  The low levels of omega 3 fatty acids were seen despite family income or nutritional status.  This means that children diagnosed with ADHD and autism may metabolism omega 3 fatty acids at a faster rate than those children who are not diagnosed with these conditions.  Studies have also shown that when children with ADHD and autism are supplemented with omega 3 fatty acids oppositional / defiant behavior is improved, which may help improve school performance.

Remember not all omega 3 fatty acid supplements are the same.  Fish Oils that are not manufactured correctly can have detrimental effects.


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Pharmaceutical Grade / Ultra Purified

Certified free of PCBs, mercury, lead and other toxins that are found in our lakes and streams

Manufactured in laboratories that follow FDA guidelines


Fresh Caught – Fish that is fresh caught can have as much as 90 % more nutritional content that fish that is farmed raised and fresh caught fish does not contain the hormones, antibiotics, and other things added to the waters of farm raised fish

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  • Lemon Flavored Fish Oil
  • EPA/DHA: 720 mgs Per Serving!
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We also have fish oil for children ages 2 and up!!!


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