Optimizing Omega-3 and Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Reduce Asthma in Your Child

By Dr. Mercola Omega-3 fats are essential as your body cannot make them. The only way to get them is through your food. They are important to energy storage, cell membrane function, regulation of inflammation and oxygen transport. They are also important to the development of your baby in utero, especially eye and brain development. Research continues to support the need for a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Omega-3s are found primarily in fish, while omega-6s are acquired from vegetable and seed oils — staples in a standard Western diet. The ideal ratio is 1-to-1, but eating processed foods ensures you get far more omega-6 than omega-3. Animal studies have demonstrated that a lopsided ratio, common if you don’t avoid processed foods and vegetable oils, can have significant health consequences.1 A recent study has also linked low levels of marine-based omega-3 fats during pregnancy with an increased risk of children developing asthma symptoms by the time they are 5. After birth


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