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The Importance of DHA for Pregnant & Breast-Feeding Women

Pregnant and breast-feeding women make important dietary decisions every day based on sound advice from their health care providers. A growing body of research indicates that DHA, docosahexaenoic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) is very important during this time.

DHA omega-3 is found throughout the body, but is most abundant in the brain, eyes and heart. In fact, DHA represents about 97% of all omega-3 fats in the brain and 93% of all omega-3 fats in the retina. It is important prenatally and postnatally for optimal infant brain, eye and nervous system development. However, developing infants cannot efficiently produce their own DHA and must obtain this vital nutrient through the placenta during pregnancy and from breast milk after birth.

Maternal DHA supplementation during pregnancy and breast-feeding significantly enhances the level of DHA available to the fetus and infant and may improve certain developmental outcomes.
Additionally, some research suggests that adequate levels of DHA in the maternal diet may play a role in helping a mother’s emotional well-being after birth.

Getting DHA in Your Diet
A person’s DHA levels are diet dependant. The primary dietary sources of DHA are fatty fish and organ meats.
Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are essential but our body requires them in a ratio that is not normally achieved by the typical diet of today's industrialized nations. They must be consumed regularly as the body has limited storage for them.
International health experts for pregrnancy and lactation recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding women consume 300mg of DHA per day.

A growing awareness of the dietary sources of DHA and the inclusion of DHA into a growing number of prenatal supplements are making it easier for women of childbearing age to include this important nutrient in their diets every day.

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What is Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) ?

Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat in the brain and retina accounting for up to 97% of the omega-3 fats in the brain and up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in the retina. It is also a key component of the heart. Numerous studies confirm that everyone, from infants to adults, benefits from an adequate supply of DHA.

Throughout every stage of life, both Omega-3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids are important for the health of our brain, eyes and heart. They are essential for health but our body requires them in a ratio not normaly achieved by the typical diet of today’s industralized nations. Our body has limited storage for them as such they must be consumed regulary. But as important as EFAs are, most of us don't get nearly enough.


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Can DHA Deficiency Cause Learning Disorders in Children (Dyslexia and Dyspraxia)

If you suspect or have confirmed that your child has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), studies have shown that this could be due to insufficient DHA in his diet.

One of the fastest-growing childhood disorders in the modern world, ADHD symptoms range from difficulty in concentrating, to fidgeting, restlessness, impulsiveness and general naughtieness to antisocial behavious and violent aggression towards others.

Children with ADHD are liable to experience problems at school and at home; ranging from learning problems, hyperactive, etc.




DHA in Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia are learning disorders thought to be due to improper and or insufficient brain/nerve signalling.

Dyslexia is considered mainly a reading and writing problem, while Dyspraxia involves difficulty in coordinating movements. Children in such conditions poorly convert other omega3 fatty acids to DHA- which leads to a deficiency of DHA.

Studies have shown that DHA supplements have significantly helped reduce aggressive behavious and stress, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in ADHD.


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Find out why an adequate supply of DHA is crucial for your unborn baby

What does DHA do for the foetus?
DHA is the essential nutrient for optimal development of the foetal brain, nervous system and eye. It is associated with a newborn’s greater head circumference, birth weight and length. In addition, it is also linked with longer gestation; pre-term infants have lower DHA levels at birth.

When does the foetus need DHA?
The percentage of DHA in retinal tissue has also been found to increase rapidly in the second half of pregnancy. This shows that the nutrient is greatly required for rapid eye development as well. Your unborn baby has the highest demand for DHA in the last trimester of your pregnancy when the growth of his brain is greatest. DHA content in the brain has been found to increase tree-fold during this period.

How does the foetus get DHA?
The foetus is wholly dependent on you for his DHA requirements, which he obtains through your umbilical cord. Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between a newborn’s DHA status and his mother’s DHA status and dietary intake. This means that a prenatal diet high in DHA will greatly raise the DHA level in the foetus thus allowing his optimal development in the womb.

How much DHA does the foetus require?

Health experts recommend a daily intake of 300mg of DHA for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to benefit their babies.

What happens if the foetus does not get enough DHA?
If an unborn baby does not get an adequate supply of DHA, he may have suppressed neuro visual development when he is born. This gives cause for concern because of possible long term effects on visual and cognitive functions.
Premature babies born without the benefit of DHA input during the time when it is most needed may have, neuro-visual problems, impaired blood vessel development with long term consequences.


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