Omega-3 for healthy body and baby

THE 'GOOD' FAT: According to an Emory University study, pregnant women who took a daily dose of 400mg of DHA were more likely to deliver healthy babies.


    Jun 25, 2013

    Omega-3 for healthy body and baby

    MANY assume that all fats are bad.

    While it's true that, in large amounts, some types of fat are bad for your health (and your waistline), there are some that we can't live without.

    What you want to be looking for are omega-3 fatty acids.

    Omega-3 fatty acids are metabolised in the body to form eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA supports the heart, immune system and inflammatory response. DHA supports the brain, eyes and central nervous system.

    But omega-3s are not synthesised by the body, and we need to obtain them from our diets or supplements.

    Research has found that omega-3s fight inflammation and diabetes. It can even help with depression.

    When it comes to supplements, Efamol is the brand name to know. For over 25 years, it has led the international field in the scientific research and development of essential-fatty-acid health supplements.

    Since its inception, Efamol has developed many fatty-acid-based products that can be used to improve one's health.

    One group of people who benefit greatly from taking EPA and DHA are pregnant women.

    According to the American Pregnancy Association, omega-3s have been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of the baby. Pregnant women usually become depleted in omega-3s.

    According to an Emory University study published in 2011 and which appeared in the journal Pediatrics, pregnant women who took a daily dose of 400mg of DHA from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth were more likely to deliver healthy babies.

    Researchers found that those whose mothers took DHA supplements had fewer colds and shorter illnesses at one, three and six months of age.

    According to researcher Usha Ramakrishnan, an associate professor at the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, the study was "a large-scale, robust study that underscores the importance of good nutrition during pregnancy".