The role of healthy raw omega oils is paramount if you're pregnant. Essential fatty acids provide intellectual development for babies, not only after birth, but while still in the womb. Women need to eat healthy raw oils.
Chronic health conditions, such as asthma, allergies, chronic ear, nose and throat infections, Candida autism, and ADHD, are on the rise with incident rates more than double from 10 years ago. Today one in four children suffer from chronic childhood health problems. Recent research has shown that Autism is linked to the environment of the womb. What is happening in the womb that transcends age, ethnicity, and weight? Many health professionals believe the basis for these conditions are nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy, particularly a lack of Omega oils. Research has shown that most pregnant women are deficient in these fatty acids essential for normal fetal growth and development.
Omega oils are polyunsaturated fatty acids considered essential because we must obtain them from our diet. They play a vital role in the health of the membrane of every cell in our body and the fat helps protect us from a number of key health threats. The benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease.
Recently it has been discovered that the Omega-3 fats are necessary for the complete development of the human brain during pregnancy and the first two years of life. The Omega-3 fat is so essential to a child's development that if a mother and infant are deficient in it, the child's nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, and it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders.
Omega-3 fats also help balance the negative impact of yet another essential type of fatty acid known as omega-6s. Found in foods such as eggs, poultry, cereals, vegetable oils, and baked goods, omega-6s are also considered essential. They support skin health, lower cholesterol, and help make our blood "sticky" so it is able to clot. But when omega-6s aren't balanced with sufficient amounts of omega-3s, problems can ensue. We must strive for a ratio of 1:1 to 4:1 (Omega 6: Omega 3). Typical American diets are 12:1.
Compounding the problem is America’s fat-phobia and obsession with low fat diets. For the past three generations (since the advent of refined oils), the vast majority of the population in North America is Omega-3 deficient and this nutritional deficiency may help explain the rise of childhood allergies, colic and skin problems. The part of the brain that Omega-3 affects is the learning ability, anxiety/depression, and auditory and visual perception. The Omega-3 fats also aid in balancing the autoimmune system.
How much Omega-3 oil should pregnant women eat?
The National Institute of Health recommends 2-4% of total daily calories. Most of us know that wild salmon and scallops are excellent sources of omega-3s. But how can vegetarians obtain this essential fatty acid? One of nature’s richest sources of essential fatty acids is found in raw nuts and seeds. Hail Merry® granola is loaded with Omega 3 raw flax seeds & raw walnuts and is also properly balanced with Omega 6 raw sunflower seeds to keep your womb engine humming. See more suggestions below.
Top Vegan Food Sources of Omega-3 Oils:
Chia Seeds 2 tablespoons=4.9 grams
Flax Seeds 2 tablespoons= 3.5 grams
Walnuts 1/4 cup= 2.3 grams
Soybeans 1 cup= 1 gram
Winter Squash 1 cup= 0.3 grams
Raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 ounce= .2 grams