Scientific Research Investigates the Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Fetal Development


Orlando, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/21/2015 -- The health of both the mother and the unborn baby is of paramount concern, and pregnant women are even required to take all the measures needed just to stay healthy. There are many things that pregnant women can do to take care of their well-being and their child's, and one is to obtain the right nutrients in the appropriate amounts.

Scientific research investigates the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on fetal development. Many of the world renowned researchers are conducting studies and expanding their knowledge to know more about the nutritional needs of pregnant women, and how they can be properly addressed.

"Omega-3 fatty acids are nutrients essential for health and development. Since they are not naturally produced by the body, they need to be consumed from diet or supplementation," said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O'Sullivan.

According to research, the typical American diet significantly lacks omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA or docosahexanoic acid, are considered to be the two most beneficial fats. They offer unique health benefits to the human body. EPA is believed to provide support in the immune system, heart and inflammatory response. DHA, on the other hand, provides support for the eyes, brain and central nervous system. This makes the omega-3s essential for pregnant and lactating women.

Studies found that pregnant women are often susceptible to omega-3 deficiency mainly because fetuses use omega-3s to support nervous system development. Pregnancy is a condition that requires women to increase their intake of critical nutrients such as omega-3s. Omega-3s are also essential in breast milk production, which should be maintained after birth. Unfortunately, the levels of omega-3 fatty acids deplete with each subsequent pregnancy.

Researchers believe that adding omega-3s, such as EPA and DHA, in a pregnant woman's diet can have positive results on the baby's cognitive and visual development. There were also studies that found increased consumption of omega-3s may potentially help reduce the risk of allergies among infants.

There are many positive effects associated with the intake of omega-3s. They are believed to prevent pre-term labor as well as delivery and reduce one's risk of preeclampsia. Taking omega-3s is also associated with an increase in birth weight and a reduction in the mother's risk of depression. Postpartum mood disorders are highly prevalent, and with the help of omega-3s, mothers may potentially be saved. Omega-3s can be obtained by eating certain types of fish, but they can also be consumed through fish oil supplements (

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Benjamin Lasance