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EFA Functions
(5) In pregnancy and child development

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Mother's EFA intake during pregnancy and breast-feeding affect her and her child's health

A mother’s  inadequate intake of omega-3 fats during pregnancy linked to children’s health.

Researchers found that it was a factor in pPremature births, low birth-weight and hyperactivity in children.

EFAs in breast milk (obtained from mother’s diet) influence structure and function of baby’s retina and central nervous system.

Postpartum depression.

Low omega-3 DHA levels are considered to be a major cause of post partum depression. During pregnancy, the baby will take his or her quota first, leaving the mother with what’s left. The expectant mother should take a dietary supplement of flax oil, ground flaxseed and marine oil.

EFAs are needed for proper growth and development in children

EFAs are particularly involved in neural development and maturation of sensory systems. Male children have greater EFA needs than females.

 Behavioral problems in younger children in family.

 Studies show that as their mother’s supply of EFAs become more and more depleted, each baby in the womb obtains fewer EFAs from his/her mother than the previous baby.

Research suggests that the reason why younger children in large families often have behavioral and developmental problems is not because they are ‘spoiled’, but because they don’t obtain all the brain fats (EFAs ) they need for normal development. This may also be why the oldest children tend to be the most intelligent – their brain is more optimally developed because of the best supply of EFAs during their development.

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 FATS / OILS MENU
General
Food Fats and Oils – Healthy or Not?
Meet the Fatty Acid Families
– SFAs, MUFAs & PUFAs
Fat’s digestive journey
Cholesterol
Cholesterol – Our Hero
Cholesterol and Saturated fat are NOT the “Darth Vader” of ischaemic heart disease
Food Oils
Best Frying Fats
Expeller-pressed vs, Solvent extracted?
Animal fat
Avocado oil
Butter
Canola oil
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Palm oil
Peanut oil
Selecting / Storing oils
Essential Fatty Acids
EFAs – Fats of Life!
Damaged / Toxic Fats
Health issues help w/ anti-inflammatory EFA supplementation
EFA Deficiency Symptoms
“Omega-3 Fix”
“Omega-3 Fix” – Omega-3 +++
We need more omega-3
How to do the “Omega-3 Fix”
EFA amounts in foods
Flax seed – 0mega-3-rich Oil, Lignans, Fiber
– Flax seed baking and storage stability
Eating fish for omega-3
– Are fish too toxic to eat?
– Salmon choices
How to choose a good marine oil supplement
– Fish oil
– Cod liver oil
– Krill oil
– Typical processing for marine oils
Science behind the “Omega-3 Fix”
Can we convert plant Omega-3 ALA to the needed EPA / DHA ?
“Omega-3 Fix” Recipes
Oats ‘n’ Flax Porridge
Fruit Slushy
Creamy Nuts ‘n’ berries
Budwig Salad Dressing
Budwig Spread
“Omega-6 – “How-to”
How to obtain good omega-6 fats
Borage, Blackcurrant or Evening Primrose Oils for Omega-6 GLA
EFAs – 5 vital functions:
(1) Cell Membrane integrity
(2) Cellular energy production
(3) Eicosanoids-“First Responders”
• EFA Conversion Chart
• Specific Eicosanoid Effects
(4) Systems Support
(5) Child Development