Omega-3 Deficiency During Pregnancy Increases Autism Risk
Fighting Autism with Healthy Fats
If you’re pregnant, make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids.
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health has linked the unbalanced consumption of omega fatty acids during pregnancy to risk of autism.
The study revealed that children are 53 percent more likely to be born with an autism spectrum disorder if their mothers, while pregnant, do not consume adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. [1. http://health.foxnews.mobi/quickPage.html?page=31737&content=94608525&pageNum=-1]
In adults, omega-3s are very beneficial to brain function. And because they are not naturally produced by the human body, it is vital that they are acquired through diet and intelligent supplementation. A UCLA study even showed that omega-3s help the brain create a protein that prevents the development of Alzheimer’s-related plaque.
These new findings suggest that omega-3s are just as crucial to the development of the unborn baby.
According the National Institutes of Health, “Adequate consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is vitally important during pregnancy as they are critical building blocks of fetal brain and retina.” [2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3046737/]
Omega-3s can also play a role in preventing feeling of depression both before and after child birth.
Because omega-3 fatty acids are best known for being found in fish oil, there is a natural conflict in priorities for pregnant women who are trying to avoid possibly ingesting mercury. However, flax seed oil is also an excellent source of omega-3s–without the mercury-related concerns.
Also, many fish that are lower on the ocean’s food chain show the lowest levels of mercury. Fish like anchovies, sardines and wild-caught salmon typically contain negligible amounts of mercury (bigger fish, like sharks and swordfish are the worst mercury offenders).[3. http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/guide.asp]
The fish oil found in Maximized Living’s Perfect Ratio Omega is derived from a combination of anchovy, sardine and mackerel. It is also combined with flax seed oil to provide the cleanest, purest source of omega 3 fatt acids available.