Fish oil has been getting a lot of press in recent years as more and more research supports its health benefits for everything from improving memory to protection from stroke and heart attack. Fish oil may have many potential benefits for fertility and pregnancy as well!
Fish oil is made up of 2 main omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Most prenatal vitamins emphasize DHA (if they have any omega-3 fatty acids at all) and contain little or no EPA. It's important to take an omega-3 supplement with both EPA and DHA. EPA promotes healthy cell membranes , is a precursor of many hormones and is also anti-inflammatory, a great benefit given that inflammation is associated with endometriosis, PCOS, poor uterine environment and potentially even early miscarriage. DHA is vital for the baby's brain development. Research also indicates that a diet rich in omega-3 fats is associated with improved embryo quality during an IVF cycle.
It can be challenging to consume adequate omega-3 fat through food sources, especially since women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant are warned to limit their intake of fatty fishes, the main source of omega-3 fatty acids. While vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids, like flaxseed oil contain omega-3 fats, they must be converted by the body to the active EPA and DHA. Unfortunately, our bodies aren't very good at this conversion.
Our EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement contains the quality-assured, purity-tested omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Supplements work best in conjunction with a healthy diet. Consult your physician before beginning any supplement regimen to make sure it is safe and appropriate for you.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Wathes, et al. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in male and female reproduction. Biol Reprod. 2007; 77(2):190-201.