Omega 3 fats are called essential fatty acids because the body cannot manufacture them on it’s own. Since your brain is 60% fat by weight it needs food just like your body does and omega 3 fats provide that fuel!
Increasing omega-3 fats during pregnancy may be one of the most important steps in helping your baby.
Omega-3 fats can reduce the chances of your child being overweight at birth, having a high cholesterol level or internal inflammation – all of which set the stage for their future health. Studies show higher levels of omega-3 fats can lower a mother’s triglyceride levels by 10 percent, which can decrease the chance of an overweight infant. Triglycerides are the storage form of fat in the blood and are associated with insulin resistance.
Omega 3 fats also feed the brain of your future child helping to create healthy brain cells for intelligence.
What are they and how do you get them?
1. ALA – found in the highest concentration of ground flax seed – 1 tablespoon per day will meet your needs
2. DHA and EPA – found in fish and fish oils. I recommend getting at least 500-1000 mg. each of DHA and EPA which you can easily get via supplement form or eating fish a few times a week.
Ground flax seed and some fish or fish oil for to ensure you and your baby’s health – a no brainer to me!