My friend recently emailed me a link to this study talking about the benefits of omega-3 fatty-acids during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
According to the study of Inuit women in the Canadian Arctic:
Babies develop better visual, cognitive and motor development compared with babies whose mothers don't get as much omega-3s. The researchers measured the nutrient in umbilical cord blood and assessed the babies' development at 11 months.
Omega-3s are critical for everybody -- men, woman and babies alike. My son drinks goats milk (I am ok with fresh raw goats milk, even if its not vegan, when kids are young because mother's milk is supposed to be consumed by babies not adults) mixed with carrot juice and flax oil every day and he's loving it.
In fact, omega-3s are also great for preventing postpartum depression and of course keeping the skin soft and heart healthy.
Try adding flax oil on your greens in place of olive oil or throwing some in with your morning smoothie. If you can't find a way to add it into your diet, then go ahead and take the soft pill supplements. But, if you're worried about the fat content, then I'd suggest adding it to your diet in place of other fats.
Always keep the oil refrigerated, do not store at room temperature.
Ground flax seeds are a great option.
Here's a few good raw fruit/veggie recipes I make at home:
Mango Omega 3 Smoothie:
- 2 c almond milk
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 3 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon flax oil
Combine all ingredients. Mix on high until smooth.
Kale & Lemon Salad:
- 1 head kale
- 1 lemon or more
- ¼ c olive oil
- 1 Tbl ground flax seed
- 1 Tbl sea salt
optional: avocado and toasted seeds or nuts
Combine all ingredients and let soak for an hour. Great for lunch.