Monday, February 11, 2008

Did You Get Your DHA Today?

Everyone is told from very early on to get folic acid in their diet when preparing for baby and when pregnant. But the next big push? It's DHA, Docosahexaenoic Acid and the bottom line is that it will help with brain and eye development of your growing baby. It's hard to get it just by diet so consider taking Expecta, a DHA supplement designed for pregnant and nursing moms.

So where is the motivation for taking this omega-3 fatty acid?

A 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed children whose mothers took a DHA supplement during pregnancy scored higher on intelligence tests at four years of age than children of mothers not taking DHA supplements.

Research has found low levels of DHA in mother's milk and in the red blood cells of women with postpartum depression. (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2002). Some scientists believe increasing levels of maternal DHA may reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

Dr. Sears states "DHA is the most important brain-building nutrient at all ages, especially during pregnancy and the pre-school years when the child's brain is growing the fastest."

For more information check out WebMd's article, Pregnancy & Baby's article or Wikipedia's article.

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