Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Women with low levels omega3 and high levels omega6 associated with a high risk of pre-eclampsia

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

One of the most common causes of premature birth in the UK, pre-eclampsia affects 70,000 British women every year.

There were 42 per cent more casesĀ  of pre eclampsia in women who had conceived using IVF, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conferenceĀ  heard Women who undergo IVF are often older and as a result may have an increased risk of other health problems . The general population in UK has a diet high in the pro inflammatory omega6 ie sunflower oil and low in omega3 ie oily fish . In order to address this it maybe beneficial to eat more oily fish at least 2-3 times a week ie salmon , mackerel , sardines or take high concentrate omega3 supplement which is high in active ingredients EPA and DHA such as TakeOmega3 which offers the highest concentration globally

Preeclampsia is a systemic disease characterized by diffuse endothelial dysfunction, increased peripheral vascular resistance, coagulation abnormalities, antioxidant deficiency, persistent elevations of maternal leukocyte-derived cytokines, and hyperlipidemia. Fish oil, rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, is known to reduce fasting and postprandial triglycerides and to decrease platelet and leukocyte reactivity; it may also decrease blood pressure. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids may beneficially influence vessel wall characteristics and blood rheology. In light of the potential beneficial effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids, we conducted a cross-sectional case-control study to examine the hypothesized exposure-effect relation between maternal dietary intake of marine omega-3 fatty acids and risk of preeclampsia. We measured polyunsaturated fatty acids in erythrocytes obtained from 22 preeclamptic women and 40 normotensive women; we measured polyunsaturated fatty acids as the percentage of total fatty acids from gas chromatography. We employed logistic regression procedures to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). After adjusting for confounders, women with the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 7.6 times more likely to have had their pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia as compared with those women with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids (95% CI = 1.4-40.6). A 15% increase in the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids was associated with a 46% reduction in risk of preeclampsia (OR = 0.54; 95% CI = 0.41-0.72). Low erythrocyte levels of omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of some omega-6 fatty acids, particularly arachidonic acid, appear to be associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia.Women

Omega-3 fatty acids in maternal erythrocytes and risk of preeclampsia.
Williams MA, Zingheim RW, King IB, Zebelman AM.
Source
Center for Perinatal Studies, Swedish Medical Center/Seattle, WA 98114-0999, USA.

Why Omega 3 is essential for our new Prime Minister

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Our new Prime Minister David Cameron is expecting a baby. Well his wife Samantha is, and having reduced her working hours from her role as creative director of stationery firm Smythson, in order to spend more time with her kids and prepare for giving birth, not to mention supporting her husband in his new job, she clearly cares deeply about the health and well being of herself and her unborn child. Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the key ingredients in the diet of mothers and babies before, during and after pregnancy. Doctors recommend a diet high in DHA Omega 3 for all mothers as their body is not only going through one of the biggest physical regimes one can go through, but because their body is the only conduit for nutrition for the baby as it prepares for pregnancy, matures in the womb for 9 months and while breast feeding after being born.

By Samantha Cameron choosing to include Omega 3 fatty acids in her diet, she would receive a number of important health benefits for both her and her child. Here are some of the benefits Samantha could get for herself by taking Omega 3 for the entire course of her pregnancy:

  • Reduced risk of miscarriages, pre-term labour and cesarean
  • Reduced chances of breast cancer
  • Protection from post partum depression
  • Protection from pre-eclampsia
  • Safer delivery

As well as ensuring that her body is prepared and protected while undergoing such a natural yet taxing ordeal. Taking Omega 3 capsules would provide great benefits to her baby at all stages of its early life. These include:

  • Better levels of immunity
  • Chance of a higher IQ
  • Improved memory earlier
  • Enhanced comprehension skills and concentration levels
  • Reduced risk of brain disorders developed in pregnancy such as Autism, Dyslexia etc.
  • Better hand eye coordination skills
  • Better nervous system development
  • Better eye sight
  • Proper brain development
  • Better eye development

As the new first lady on the block, Samantha can be a trend setter for new and expecting mothers around the globe. Having recently won a British Glamour Magazine Award for Best Accessory Designer, she has a platform as a style icon from which she could be a powerful advocate for this important health supplement, not to mention the fact that she now has the ear of one of the most important political figures in the world. Would you be more likely to take it knowing that Samantha does?

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