How’s this for a Resolution? Going Vegetarian

by nicholmom3 on December 29, 2007

 by:  Lettuce Wrap

Omega 3 fatty acids are very important for pregnant and nursing women for the optimum development of a growing baby.  In a recent study by Dr. Josephy Hibbein of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal, resulted in findings that surprised even the researchers.

The study tracked the children of over 8,000 British women who ate more than 12 ounces of Omega 3 seafood a week.  When compared to children of mothers who got lower amounts, the higher seafood children scored higher on toddler developmental tests, behavior tests at the age of 7, and had higher verbal IQ scores at the age of 8. 

Besides better brain function, it has also been proven by research that women who eat omega 3 fatty fish on a regular basis increase their chances of having a full term, normal birth weight baby with better vision and a well developed central nervous system. 

Once a baby is born, the need for omega 3 DHA and EPA continues.  These fatty acids are responsible for the early and ongoing development of a child’s brain, retina, and nervous system.

During the first year of life, a baby’s brain triples in size.  Guess what? 70% of this rapidly developing brain is made up of DHA and EPA.  If the baby isn’t getting it from mom, chances are they are not getting enough.

So, Is Mom Getting Enough?

In the U.S., 85% of women are deficient in these vital omega 3 fish oils.  Nearly 20% are so low that DHA and EPA cannot be detected in their blood at all.

If Mom is deficient in the omega 3′s, her baby isn’t getting the brain food it needs to be healthy and smart.

Pregnant women in the U.S. are told it’s important to eat a balanced diet and take prenatal vitamins, containing adequate amounts of iron, calcium, and folic acid.  But, that is about it.

Very few expectant and nursing mothers are told by their doctor about the importance of omega 3 fatty acid benefits while they’re pregnant.  This will be changing in the near future I suspect. 

So, What Should a Pregnant Woman Do?

According to the recommendation 0f the National Institutes of Health, she should be supplementing, with at least 650mg of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil every day.  That is the only way her baby can get these essential oils.   Thus, it is important for these mothers to take personal responsibility for getting omega 3′s in their diet. 

A recent Harvard School of Public Health research study concluded that fish oil health benefits are so vitally important, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers that the omega 3 benefits far outweigh any threat of mercury toxicity. 

   Nutrilite® Kids Brainiums DHA® Gummy –Fruit Punch or Lemon Flavor

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An excellent way to get your toddler to get enough omega 3′s in their diet is to give them Nutrilite® Kids Brainiums DHA® Gummy  that has a great punch or lemon flavor.  These do not have a fish taste at all.  Since finding these and giving them to my children, I do not have to worry about them not eating enough fish in their diets.  I also take these because they taste so good and have no fish taste.

To make sure adults get enough omega 3′s try Nutrilite®Ocean EssentialsOcean® Brain Health    As always check with your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing before taking any supplement.

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Heather December 30, 2007 at 5:58 pm

I look forward to hearing more-is it just you who is going vegetarian, or is it the whole family?

Tricia January 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I am also very interested to read what you think once you get started and would LOVE to see any recipes that you try and like.

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