New Research confirms that Omega 3s are critical to your baby’s development. But is eating seafood during pregnancy safe? The key is eating the Right Fish. The FDA recommends that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant consume more fish to get vital nutrients including Omega 3s (EPA & DHA), protein (all 10 amino acids) and many vitamins and minerals (B6, B12, D, Iron, Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, and Thiamin). These nutrients foster healthy fetal, infant and childhood development.
The key is to choose the Right Fish that are high in nutrients and purity and avoid fish that have potential issues with antibiotics, mercury, and PCBs. Popular fish not on the best list include Shrimp and Tilapia which have few nutrients and farmed salmon which can potentially be high in antibiotics and PCBs. For canned tuna, there is a premium brand called Safe Catch with a product, called Safe Catch Elite, that is made for pregnant women.
Safe Catch is the only brand that tests every single tuna to strict mercury limits (as pure as wild salmon and wild sardines). We do not recommend untested tuna as mercury levels can vary widely in individual tuna regardless of tuna size or catch location.
New Research Questions Fish Oil Pills
A new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association shows that the health benefits from fish may come from how the many nutrients work together rather than in isolation. The body’s absorption of the DHA and EPA (Omega 3s) is found to be much higher from whole fish than pills. As a result, fish oil or pills may not be a substitute for eating fish. One thing is for certain. You can get all the benefits of fish by eating fish.
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Aubrey, A. (2015) If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?