First, here is a fantastic report put out in March 2008 that is getting a lot of buzz on all the newswires. Please read the entire report. I have found this report in its entirety online at:
Here are some paragraphs from different websites that I found to be interesting:
- The Heart and Circulation
- Consumption of Omega-3 appears to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke because it seems to:
- Reduce the tendency for blood to clot
- Lowers the level of fats circulating in the blood
- Cuts the risk of an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Can reduce high blood pressure
- The Joints
- Omega-3 is believed to reduce the stiffness and pain in the joints of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
- Growing Brain
- Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers are believed to benefit from a high Omega-3 intake. It appears to be a vital component of the baby's brain, which grows rapidly in the last 3 months of pregnancy and the first 6-12 months after birth.
- Because of the apparent impact of Omega-3 on the brain, research is being concentrated on a wide range of behavioral problems, such as Hyperactivity in children, Depression and Alzheimers. Evidence supporting the beneficial influence of Omega-3 in this area is not conclusive, but is strengthening.
From Dr. Mercola's site:
The Benefits of Omega-3’s
Not all news is bad news, however. There are some steps you can take during pregnancy which will greatly benefit your child’s future health. One of the best is increasing your intake of omega-3 fats.
A study published in the British Medical Journal clearly showed that omega-3’s are associated with lessening the risk for premature delivery. They dramatically reduce pregnancy complications, and do wonders to improve the health of all children.
A high intake of omega-3’s during the later stages of pregnancy can increase fetus growth (without extending the duration of the pregnancy!)
In fact, it can even increase your child’s intelligence.
To sum up, an awareness of which foods are good for your baby -- and which are harmful -- can reduce the risks of birth defects, protect your child from obesity, and even increase their intelligence.
From CBN news: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/050928a.aspx
Again, on the positive side, probably the most basic brain supplement of all, one that kids (and adults) should be taking—are fish oils that feed the brain like no other substance. Fish oils contain omega-3 fats.
Recognizing the importance of those fats, supplement makers are producing more and more options designed for kids. Fruit flavors like lemon and strawberry make omega-3’s easier to consume.
The most crucial omega-3 fat is called DHA. Some products concentrate the DHA to make the fish oil even more powerful for kids' brains.
"People who consume more EPA, but particularly DHA, have a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, macular degeneration -- these nerve disorders where they need that fat to make the nerves work," said nutrition analyst Bill Sardi.
For helping prevent ADHD in the first place, Blaylock says pregnant and nursing women should take omega-3s and avoid excitotoxins.
Blaylock said, "The brain undergoes rapid growth in the last trimester of pregnancy, all the way to age two. That's where 80 percent of all brain growth occurs. If they're exposed to these products, it severely interferes with the formation of these brain pathways."
Omega-3 oils are critical during this period, because the DHA provides the raw ingredients of the brain, and it blocks excitotoxins.