Friday, September 02, 2005

Reduce the Chances of Post Partum Depression

Do you want to have a smart baby while decreasing your risk of Post Partum Depression? Try omega-3 rich fish oil.

Studies over the last several years show that pregnant and nursing women can reduce their chances of developing PPD while also improving the neurological development of their unborn child by increasing their consumption of DHA. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid mostly found in fish (such as tuna and salmon) and algae.

Women in the United States have a higher percentage of PPD than women in other countries. At the same time, clinical studies show they have a lower level of DHA in their diet.

Last year the FDA approved the addition of DHA in infant formulas sold in the U.S. Women who want to improve their own levels of DHA can either take dietary supplements or eat more grilled, broiled or baked fish.

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