Superhero for Mothers: Krill Oil

Interesting new research provides even more support for antioxidants for pregnant women.  Antioxidant consumption during pregnancy is shown to be linked to lower rates of glucose intolerance and obesity.  And, it helps to combat inflammation, as well.  Read the full report here.

One fantastic way to increase antioxidant consumption and provide many other health benefits for you and your baby is to take krill oil.  Krill are the tiniest animal on the oceanic food chain, so their toxicity levels are very low when compared to large fish such as tuna and swordfish.  They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids- even more so than most fish oils. 

Using krill oil is beneficial for mental health, too.  It is important to use a high-quality, pharmaceutical grade fish oil throughout pregnancy, breastfeeding and up to one year postpartum to replenish fatty acids lost in pregnancy. 

Personally, I use this brand.  Krill is certainly more expensive to use than fish oil, but this brand can be purchased at a wholesale cost and it is well worth the price in terms of benefits.  Contact me at cjazzar@wellpostpartum.com to find out more. 

Be sure to include other sources of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.  This can include raw nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seed.  Fish are an excellent source of omega 3s, just be sure to get plenty of green vegetables to counter any excess mercury toxicity that might be present in fish.  Also, farm eggs are typically higher that store-bought eggs in this important nutrient.  Finally, the omega-3 spectrum of free range, organic beef is similar to that of wild caught salmon.

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