Orlando, FL— July 24, 2015 — Omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA or docosahexaenoic acid, are widely believed to be helpful for cardiovascular health. Consumption of DHA is also recommended by healthcare professionals during pregnancy and lactation, because it provides health benefits for both mother and baby.
Experts reveal the recommended dose of DHA for pregnant women. DHA can be obtained from fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon and tuna, and expecting mothers can incorporate these food sources in their diet. It is imperative that they know exactly how much they need to take to make the most out of its benefits.
“DHA can be obtained from food sources, but pregnant women also have the option to take fish oil supplements,” said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O’Sullivan.
Pregnancy increases the need for DHA in the body because of the increasing demands of the growing baby. DHA feeds and accumulates in the brain of the baby, especially during the third trimester up to the first year of life.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the recommended dose for pregnant and lactating women is 200 mg of DHA per day. There is a daily allowance recommended for DHA, but the Dietary Reference Intakes recommend for health adults an Adequate Intake level for omega-3 fatty acids. It is best that females who are pregnant and lactating consume two 3 oz servings of fatty fish on a weekly basis. This is considered an adequate DHA intake that provides a minimum of 500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day.
Salmon is considered to be the best fish source of DHA. However, it is imperative for pregnant women to remember that they should avoid eating fish such as mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish. They may also limit their intake of albacore tuna to less than 6 oz per week as the fish is believed to contain high mercury levels.
Individuals who want to consume omega-3s such as DHA, but do not want to eat fish, may instead take fish oil supplements. Fish oil supplements have become very popular these days, and as a matter of fact, they are used not just by pregnant women but also by children and adults of any gender. These supplements are marketed to help improve the cognitive function of both mother and baby as well as reduce the risk of postpartum depression in mothers.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, low consumption of fish during and after pregnancy is associated with depression. Experts suggest that eating food with omega-3 fatty acids or taking fish oil supplements can potentially help save pregnant women from depression (amazon.com/Omega-Fish-Oil-Supplement-Softgels/dp/B00O8NS20K/).
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