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Pregnant? For Your Baby's Health, Eat Fish, But Make Sure It's High in Omega-3 and Low in Mercury

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  • Omega-3 fat is critical for healthy development in utero, especially for eye and brain development. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is also important for proper development. Ideally, it should be less than 5:1
  • Animals fed a diet in which the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio matched the standard American diet (high in omega-6, low in omega-3) produced offspring whose brains were much smaller than those fed ideal amounts
  • In a second study, pregnant women who ate 600 grams (21 ounces, or about 4 servings) of fish per week during pregnancy had children whose IQ scores were 2.8 points higher than those who ate less fish

By Dr. Mercola

Omega-3 fat is important for proper energy storage, oxygen transport, cell membrane function, and regulation of inflammation. It's also critical for healthy development in utero, especially for eye and brain development, and plays a role in the length of gestation.


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