Omega-3 (DHA), an Essential Nutrient for a Healthy Pregnancy
Modern diets contain too much omega-6 fatty acids because of our excess consumption of vegetable oils such as corn, soy, cottonseed and safflower.
Consuming adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) during pregnancy is essential for producing healthy babies. Fatty fish such as salmon is an excellent source of omega-3. I support getting these fats from whole food sources, not from pills, whenever possible. Wild-caught salmon and tuna, fermented cod liver oil, egg yolks from pastured chickens, and organ meats from grass-fed animals are all wonderful sources of DHA.
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A diet that includes these special foods can lead to a child:
- with a higher intelligence
- with good eyesight
- who is more relaxed
- who sleeps well
Our bodies generally crave many types of the foods listed. With tuna, consider sashimi style raw tuna, seared tuna, or tuna ceviche (made by soaking small cubes of tuna in lime or lemon juice for at least 7 hours), to enhance protein digestion and assimilation.