Omega-3s: Vital for Conceiving?
Nov 26, 2015
When embarking on the journey of conception, we are constantly striving to keep our health in check: Are we eating our vegetables? Are we exercising enough? Are we taking our vitamins? But many of us probably never ask ourselves one other very important question… “Am I eating enough fat?” Yes – that four letter word – FAT.
Today, however, it’s not a four letter word! It’s not us stepping on the scale and hoping the numbers didn’t go up. Today we are going to talk about a different kind of fat. Good fat. The kind of fat that is crucial to the integrity of our health. The kind of fat found specifically in Omega-3 fatty acids. These “good” fats not only improve overall health, but they also help to improve fertility and make conception easier. Omega-3s have been proven to aid in fertility by helping to regulate hormone levels in the body, improve ovulation, increase cervical mucus, and positively influence uterine quality by promoting blood flow to the reproductive organs.
The acids DHA and EPA are present in Omega-3s and have shown to be crucial to our health. These acids also aid in the prevention of disease. These essential fatty acids are also needed for the proper development of a baby’s heart, eyes, and brain. DHA deficiency while pregnant may be related to premature birth, low birth weight, mental health issues, and hyperactivity in children. According to recent studies, these acids will not only make your baby healthier, but smarter as well. Essential fatty acids have been proven to provide infants with an enhanced attention span and neural function, which will permit them to learn more effectively and efficiently. Additionally, when hopeful mothers have suggested levels of these fats in their systems, it may help to prevent miscarriage and premature birth. (Premature birth is an increasing problem in this society and introduces the risk of physical, as well as mental and educational disabilities in newborns.) Omega-3s have also been identified as preventing complications such as pre-eclampsia and can even lower the risk of postpartum depression after childbirth.
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of Omega-3s for mom and baby – but let’s not forget dad. For men, good levels of essential fatty acids can result in improvement of genital circulation; lowering of blood pressure; aid erectile dysfunction; and promote more efficient sperm production. In fact, Omega-3s are one of the main components aiding in the structure of sperm cell membranes.
So you may be asking yourself, “How will I ever be able to ensure that I am getting the proper amount of good fats?” Well, this all ties back to the importance of supplementation. Incorporating Omega-3s into your diet is super simple: Cod Liver Oil. I generally do not support use of Fermented Cod Liver Oil, however regular Cod Liver Oil (I recommend Rosita Cod Liver Oil) can regulate omega levels and provide sufficient amounts of essential fatty acids. This oil has also proven, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, to aid in recovery after birth.
So… it’s time to embrace the fat! (The good kind that is.)
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Sarah Clark empowers couples to discover how lifestyle and diet can dramatically impact their chances of conceiving. She was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at 28 and had both her kids with donor eggs. Not until years later did she discover that the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. Ready to gaze into your baby’s eyes….but struggling. Download 10 step Checklist here