Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

When choosing a prenatal supplement, look for one with Omega-3 fatty acids. Pregnant women can lose up to 50% of Omega-3 fatty acid stores, so it is important to replenish what is lost. Taking PrimaCare™ with 470 mg Omega-3s is a beneficial way to improve stores before and after pregnancy. PrimaCare™ delivers three forms of Omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (300mg), EPA (120mg), and ALA (50 mg). DHA and EPA are Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids derived from ALA. They must be acquired through diet, as we cannot make our own Omega-3s naturally.

DHA and EPA for Fetal Development

Omega-3 fatty acids may have many positive effects on cognitive/retinal development, motor skills, sleep patterns, and immune development.5-7,10-12 In addition, they have anti-inflammatory properties and help support a healthy mind and body postpartum.3,13-15 EPA is a natural stool softener, which is beneficial when also taking iron, to limit GI upset.3,10 Another benefit for you and your baby is that PrimaCare™ uses highly purified fish oil. The FDA’s established limit for Mercury (Hg) is 1.5 parts per million (ppm) per ingredient.16 The fish oil source used in PrimaCare™ has a maximum specification for Mercury (Hg) that is 15 times lower than the FDA’s established limit (no more than 0.10 ppm).17

DHA and EPA Provide Many Benefits for Preconception through Postpartum

  • Increased DHA levels are associated with longer gestation, higher birth weight, and decreased risk of preterm birth3,4
  • DHA plus EPA provide complementary benefits3-5,13

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