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.
Hello, I'm snowed in on the east coast and reading and reading your blog, nice stuff. I'm a mom myself and love feeding my family healthy food. One thing, I've heard that flax oil (oil only, ground seeds are fine) may not be good for males, it may poorly effects the prostate. You seem to use it for your sons, so I wanted to let you know so you can do your own research...I saw Dr. Andrew Weil had stated that on his site, when I was doing my own research on the subject this past fall...Be well.
Katie - thanks. i will look into that. we use all different types of oils but YES we do use flax with dha quite often. we do krill and other oils as well, but I will for sure look more into it and will post info on it on my blog as well.