WHY FISH OIL IS ESSENTIAL?
The infant’s requirement for EPA (Eicopentaeonic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaeonic Acid) continues after birth too. The only way the baby could receive these essential omega-3 fatty acids is through the mother’s diet or supplementation. If the mother’s diet is deficient of these essential fatty acids the baby isn’t receiving the required fuel for its brain to be healthy.
In the United states 85% of the women are deficient in these vital Omega -3 fatty acids and in about 20% of the women these fatty acids cannot be detected.
HEALTH BENEFITS FOR MOTHER AND INFANTS:
Pregnant women should consider taking fish oil vitamins for the following reasons:
1. Babies born from women taking the supplement have a reduced risk of their baby being underweight or premature
2. Less likely to suffer post partum depression
3. Omega-3-fatty acids helps in brain & neurotransmitter development in infants
4. Prolonged gestation period and prevention of preterm labor.
5. Increased duration of pregnancy
6. Prevents various infections to the mother and child
As a result of a research conducted with pregnant women in Australia, babies born out of mother consuming fish oil are less likely to suffer allergies when compared to babies born form mothers not taking it. The results are arrived at after keeping 98 women under observation.
Pregnant women and nursing mother can supplement themselves with these essential omega-3 fatty acids by consuming fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, liquid fish oil, fish oil gels etc. Mercury contamination can be avoided by not eating large predator fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and white snapper (tile fish). Fish oil benefits far out weights the risk of mercury contamination. However it is better if the supplement is mercury free, toxin free and not rancid. Don’t eat if you would not eat a piece of fish that tastes like the oil, because it means the oil is rancid. And while taking supplements, you must ensure that the fish oil vitamins are not contaminated. I advise you purchase products from a reputed and know brands.