Diet and postpartum depression

N-3 fatty acids and postpartum depression

Another study looked at a number of countries and found that as fish consumption increased, rates of postpartum depression decreased and vice-versa. A Belgian study measured the level of N-3 fatty acids in ten women who developed postpartum depression compared to thirty-eight normal women and found significant lower levels of N-3 fatty acids in their serum. The evidence is pretty strong, but few obstetricians are telling their patients to supplement with DHA.

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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