I am in my second trimester and I’m concerned about getting enough omega-3s.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am in my second trimester and I’m concerned about getting enough omega-3s. With mercury levels rising in fish, I’m not sure what my options are? Can you please help?” — Colleen B., Twin Falls, ID
A. Dear Colleen, Omega-3s are incredibly important for overall health and absolutely necessary for a pregnant woman and the developing baby. A recent study demonstrated that pregnant and non-pregnant women are not consuming adequate levels of DHA. In fact, women are consuming almost 80% less omega-3s than what they should be. Less than 2% of non-pregnant women and less than 10% of pregnant women were regularly supplementing with omega-3s. Other studies have shown that omega-3s can help reduce the risk of preterm birth, and decrease the risk of asthma and attention deficit in children.
Omega-3s play a critical role in fetal development. In fact, the brain itself is about 60 percent fat, and 15 to 20 percent of the fat in the brain is DHA. The brain needs phospholipids and DHA to develop properly.
I understand your concerns about mercury content in fish and this is very troublesome. This is why I recommend getting your omega-3s from Atlantic salmon. The omega-3s are extracted from the head of the salmon using water and enzymes; it is a very safe and clean process. In this patented process, the omega-3s come naturally bound to phospholipids. This results in a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. I would take omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally