Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Omega 3 During Pregnancy for Mental Health

Research shows that consuming Omega 3 Fatty Acids has both a mood elevating and mood stabilizing quality. There have been 21 human studies that have looked at Omega-3 for mood in adults. Some of them have been in bipolar disorder, some in depression.
There is also one study found that Omega 3s can be a treatment for pediatric bipolar patients. Here is an excellent article about the benefits of Omega 3 for people with bipolar disorder.

A mention this on this blog because Omega 3 are also great for pregnant women. Studies have shown that women who consume (either through diet i.e. fish or supplements) higher amounts of omega 3 are more alert and more advanced than babies whose mothers did not consume Omega 3s. Read the article here

I first started taking Omega supplements because my psychiatrist recommended it years ago as something to use in addition to traditional psych meds. During my pregnancy I upped the amount I was taking to 4 grams a day of a highly concentrated supplement - I like OmegaBrite it is a lot more expensive than most brands but highly distilled.

I've always believed that taking the Omega has helped my moods ... so if you are pregnant I highly recommend adding this to your prenatal vitamin regimine especially if you are not on meds.
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