Secret to having healthy babies? Take N-3 fatty acids during pregnancy

So, what is behind such a deficiency that is peculiar to pregnant women? Careful studies have shown that the N-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are so critical to the baby's brain formation and growth that the baby will take large amounts from the mother's blood and tissues. It does this by special placental mechanism that selectively removes the DHA from the mother's blood as it circulates through the placenta.

When the mother's diet is devoid of N-3 oils, even greater amounts of the mother's N-3 fatty acids are removed by the baby. Studies have shown that the amounts of N-3 fatty acids available for the baby are directly proportional to the mother's intake. The same is true of her breast milk. For example, mothers living in areas where fish is a staple had about 2.78 percent of their breast milk composed of DHA, whereas mothers not eating a fish diet had only 0.82 percent as DHA. American women, on average, have between 0.05 percent and 0.59 percent DHA, an extremely low level.

It has been shown that the mother loses the greatest about of N-3 fatty acids during the last trimester of her pregnancy. This is because the baby's brain is undergoing a tremendous spurt in growth and internal development, making it a very critical period.

With each succeeding pregnancy, the mother's N-3 levels continue to fall, eventually making the mother's N-3 fatty acid so low that dramatic reductions in frontal lobe dopamine and serotonin can lead to major depression and possibly violence. In addition, norepinephrine levels also fall in the frontal lobe, which can contribute to depression.

To prevent this devastating disorder, I recommend that all pregnant or lactating mothers take 500 mg to 1000 mg of DHA a day.This will build up their body stores and protect both them and their babies. I would recommend either take marine oils with a low EPA content (not more than 30 percent) or just pure DHA.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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