Getting proper nutrition, all your vitamins and minerals, is important all the time, but it’s especially important if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant. Last month I reviewed AVASIA Prenatal Vitamins – a great, easy-on-the-tummy and easy-to-swallow multivitamin for expectant and nursing moms. Today I’m going to tell you about a great supplement to your vitamin regimen, whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, planning on becoming pregnant, or even if you’re none of the above – AVASIA Prenatal DHA!
What is DHA? DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid – it’s an omega-3 fatty acid that’s important for your brain, eyes, and skin. Getting enough DHA can possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and boost your memory, whereas below normal levels of DHA have been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and retinitis pigmentosa (a degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment up to and including blindness). So as you can see, this is pretty important stuff even if you’re not pregnant!
But if you ARE pregnant (or trying to become so, or nursing), the importance of DHA and other Omega-3s really can’t be stressed enough. Studies have shown time and again that getting enough DHA during pregnancy has a major positive effect on an infant’s brain and eye development. It’s also been shown to boost hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and even attention span! If you’re trying to get pregnant, you should start taking this supplement now, because it can take several weeks to build up your DHA levels to the recommended levels. The final trimester of pregnancy is also a critical time to make sure your DHA intake is adequate, as that’s when major brain growth occurs – the concentration of DHA in your baby’s brain increase 300 to 500 percent during that last three months! There’s even been a study that suggests that prenatal DHA provides your baby with added protection against the common cold.
It’s recommended that pregnant women consume at least 300mg of DHA daily, yet studies have shown that the average intake is just 60-80mg! AVASIA Prenatal DHA contains 325mg of DHA per softgel, plus an additional 430mg of EPA (another important Omega-3 fatty acid) and 65mg of other Omega-3 fatty acids. And again, this supplement, while marketed as a prenatal supplement, isn’t just for pregnant women! All adults should get 650mg of Omega-3s every day – and AVASIA Prenatal DHA contains 820mg of Omega-3 fatty acids!
DHA is found in fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, swordfish, anchovies, herrings, and sardines. But if you’re pregnant, I’m sure you’ve heard the warnings about mercury levels in fish (swordfish and mackerel in particular are not recommended for consumption during pregnancy for this reason). Salmon and tuna are considered safer bets, but you still shouldn’t eat more than 6 ounces of white albacore tuna per week when you’re pregnant. The raw ingredients in AVASIA Prenatal DHA have been purified to eliminate mercury.
DHA is also important if you’re breastfeeding, as it passes to your baby through your breast milk and continues to benefit your baby. Getting at least 300mg of DHA per day while breastfeeding provides the same levels of DHA in your milk that your baby would receive from a DHA-enhanced formula. Research on DHA-enhanced formula has shown benefits to an infant’s mental performance and motor skills compared to babies who received formula without added DHA. Another study resulted in the finding that taking a DHA supplement can increase the level of DHA in breast milk by up to double! And still more studies showed improved attention scores in preschoolers whose mothers took a DHA supplement while breastfeeding.
AVASIA Prenatal DHA contains the recommended amount of DHA and other Omega-3s in a single once-daily softgel. Now, the softgel IS on the large side (I measured it at an inch long by almost half an inch across), but because it’s a tapered softgel it’s easier to swallow than other pills of similar size (like, for example, vitamins). It also has a mild lemon flavor, and AVASIA guarantees no fishy burps or aftertaste. (Which is awesome, because I dislike seafood in general – which is why an Omega-3 supplement like this is important even for people like me who aren’t currently pregnant or breastfeeding!) AVASIA Prenatal DHA softgels don’t contain artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, just natural lemon oil. This product is also free of sugar, starch, milk, lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast, sodium, and preservatives.
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