Healthy Eating While Pregnant. Part 3 of 3

Healthy Eating While Pregnant – Part 3 of 3

Mothers provided hair’s breadth samples during pregnancy to measure levels of prenatal mercury exposure. Mercury exposure did not correlate with lower test scores, the researchers concluded, and some of the Seychelles children now have been observed living healthy, average lives into their 20s. The latest findings suggest that the oil in fish might counteract damage caused by mercury. Mercury ended up associated with developmental damage only in children whose mothers had dear levels of meat-related omega 6 fatty acids but low levels of omega 3s from fish oil, researchers found.

And “The theory is that mercury exposure confers toxicity because it induces oxidation in the humane body, which often results in inflammation. These omega 3s are more anti-inflammatory. The idea would be that they would reduce the level of inflammation in the mother, softening any effect that mercury might have on the unborn child”. Riley said expecting women should continue to avoid fish known to have high levels of mercury, including shark, swordfish and king mackerel.

But, she said the takeaway essence from this study is simple: “Go ahead and eat fish”. Avoiding fish known to be high in mercury “would be reasonable. But I wouldn’t limit the amount of fish and shellfish”. The work – funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the Seychelles government – was published Jan 21 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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