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Importance of Omega-3 Fat a Necessity for Baby’s Developing Brain

on February 7, 2014

I started giving Luna Udo’s Oil and even Olive Oil around 4 months.  Why you ask?

I am going to TRY to keep this simple because it can become quite complex.  It is ESSENTIAL and VITAL that babies get a significant amount of fat from the calories they ingest.  The MOST RAPID BRAIN GROWTH occurs during the baby’s FIRST YEAR with the brain TRIPLING in size.  During this stage, the brain and nervous system consume a whopping SIXTY percent of total energy consumed by the infant, mainly healthy fat.

Omega-3 fat and its derivative DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are essential to a child’s development. If a mother and infant are deficient in Omega-3 fat, the child’s nervous system and immune system may never fully develop, it can cause a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune system disorders.  Brian and Nervous system deficiencies of DHA have been associated with an array of problems, including neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; cognitive problems including reasoning ability in children; and severity of Multiple Sclerosis.  DHA makes up 15% to 20% of the cerebral cortex and up to 60% of the retina, so it is absolutely necessary for normal development of the fetus and baby.  Omega-3 DIRECTLY benefits eye and cognitive development.

Omega-3 fat contain a powerhouse of nutrients to make sure that your baby will develop properly and reach its highest potential. These nutrients help to maximize the intelligence of your child; protect your baby from brain injuries such as autism, pervasive developmental delay, and ADHD. Studies have shown that sufficient levels of omega-3 fats OPTIMIZE BRAIN GROWTH in children, especially during the THIRD TRIMESTER.

So why invest DHA into your eating and baby’s…

-Infants who have low amounts of DHA in their diet have reduced brain development and diminished visual acuity

-The increased intelligence and academic performance of breastfed compared with formula-fed infants has been attributed in part to the increased DHA content of human milk

-Cultures whose diet is high in omega 3 fatty acids (such as the Eskimos who eat a lot of fish) have a lower incidence of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis.

-Experimental animals whose diets are low in DHA have been found to have smaller brains and delayed central nervous system development.

-Children with poor school performance because of ADD/ADHD, have been shown to have insufficient essential fatty acids in their diet, especially Omega-3.

Oily fish, such as mackerel, herring, salmon, trout, sardines, pilchards, are the RICHEST DIETARY SOURCE OF EFAs, containing 10 to 100 times more DHA than non-marine food sources such as nuts, seeds, whole grains and dark green, leafy vegetables. Those who follow a strict vegetarian are most likely to have a low DHA level. The only rich vegetable source of DHA is algae.

***Please note that fats  made by man through the process of hydrogenation. These fats are referred to on package labels as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated.” A diet rich in these fats not only DEPRIVES the brain of the healthy fat and can actually INTERFERE with the action of healthy fat absorption on brain function.  

Do you still need a reason to eat healthy for yourself, for your child, for your mind?!

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