The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that they found that omega-3 levels improved when pregnant women who did not frequently eat fish ate two servings of salmon weekly. The same results were obtained for the newborns.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that shows how pregnant women — and, amazingly, their unborn babies as well — derive benefits from a diet that includes fish.
As reported in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/amazing-discovery-about-this-superfood), researchers have demonstrated that the intake of salmon increases omega-3 fatty acid levels and improves antioxidant defenses in expectant mothers and their babies.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reports that the salmon used in the study were enriched with omega-3 fats and reared on a fish farm (where most of the salmon consumed in North America comes from).
The amount needed is at least two servings a week. (One “serving” is about the size of a deck of cards.) They found that the fish boosts omega-3 levels in both mother and child. They also found that it improves antioxidant defenses in both, the trigger being selenium and retinol in the salmon.
The study started with pregnant women who had a low intake of fish. A control group continued with their regular diet, while the others ate two servings of salmon from about 20 weeks pregnant until they gave birth. The fish was omega-3 rich and had high levels of vitamin E, vitamin A, and selenium. These are all antioxidant nutrients.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that they found that omega-3 levels improved when pregnant women who did not frequently eat fish ate two servings of salmon weekly. The same results were obtained for the newborns. Two servings let both reach their minimum recommended levels of omega-3s.
As for selenium and retinol, the increased levels might help prevent and reduce the additional oxidative stress associated with pregnancy. This kind of effect is one that can lead to inflammation and some chronic disease.
(SOURCE: Garcia-Rodriguez, C.E., et al., "Does consumption of two portions of salmon per week enhance the antioxidant defense system in pregnant women?" Antioxid. Redox. Signal., 2012, in press.)
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin is a daily e-letter providing natural health news with a focus on natural healing through foods, herbs and other breakthrough health alternative treatments. For more information on the Doctors Health Press, visit http://www.doctorshealthpress.com.
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