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Role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy: Need for increasing awareness among women

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are important for the growing foetus during pregnancy. For the mother to supply enough DHA during pregnancy, consumption of pre-formed DHA is much better than consumption of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and subsequently relying on the conversion of ALA through to DHA. Fish and seafood are the best dietary sources of DHA and purified fish oil supplementation up to 2.7g per day poses no detrimental effects. The recommendations are to consume 200mg DHA per day which can be obtained by consuming two fatty fish meals per week. Pregnant women have limited knowledge about n-3 PUFA and they need to be educated about the importance of DHA consumption during pregnancy.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Meyer, B. J., & Freeman, D. (2008). Role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy: Need for increasing awareness among women. Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, 19(4 SUPPL.), 17-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-53849139797

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 4 SUPPL.

Abstract


  • Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are important for the growing foetus during pregnancy. For the mother to supply enough DHA during pregnancy, consumption of pre-formed DHA is much better than consumption of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and subsequently relying on the conversion of ALA through to DHA. Fish and seafood are the best dietary sources of DHA and purified fish oil supplementation up to 2.7g per day poses no detrimental effects. The recommendations are to consume 200mg DHA per day which can be obtained by consuming two fatty fish meals per week. Pregnant women have limited knowledge about n-3 PUFA and they need to be educated about the importance of DHA consumption during pregnancy.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Meyer, B. J., & Freeman, D. (2008). Role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy: Need for increasing awareness among women. Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech, 19(4 SUPPL.), 17-19.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-53849139797

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 19

Volume


  • 19

Issue


  • 4 SUPPL.