Protecting and making your baby smarter

As we have seen, these N-3 fatty acids are so critical to the baby's brain development that it will take DHA from the mother's body and to assure adequate levels. Having multiple births and having a number of babies over all have been shown to reduce the DHA level in the babies significantly. It is also important to appreciate that with each pregnancy, the mother's store of N-3 fatty acids continues to fall, so that the last child gets the lowest amount of essential DHA...

The good news is that enhancing her diet with N-3 containing oils or taking DHA supplements can repair the deficit in the baby's brain within as little as two weeks. Unfortunately, if she delays taking the supplemental DHA too long, possible irreversible damage can occur because critical brain development milestones will have passed. During this period of brain development, things are moving very fast.

In addition, major stresses such as excessive vaccination, mercury, lead, and aluminum exposure, are much more damaging in a child with low N-3 fatty acid levels. It has been shown that N-3 fatty acids are major protectors of the brain, both affecting membrane function and by reducing exitotoxicity.

Interestingly, a recently study found that DHA levels in the blood, and hence brains, of autistic kids were significantly lower than normal, while N-6 fatty acid levels were normal.

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

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