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Hello ~<br><br>
I was wondering who is taking DHA? What is it for?<br><br>
Who is NOT taking it? I never even heard of it when I was pregnant with ds. I have a very healthy little boy. Now... almost 11 weeks pregnant and I am interested in hearing more about it.<br><br>
Thank you!!!!<br><br>
I just read some great info on it.... what one do you take? Is it okay that I am already almost 11 weeks along and just starting it?<br><br>
UPDATED INFO...... ANY NEW THOUGHTS????<br>
DHA SUPPLEMENTS<br>
The DHA supplement we recommend is Neuromins®, a pure form of DHA derived from seaweed. This is the exact source fish get their DHA from. Martek’s Neuromins® DHA, is an Omega-3 supplement derived from an all-natural plant source, which makes it a very pure and safe form of DHA. Neuromins® DHA has been evaluated by an independent panel of experts and found to be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use by adults (including pregnant and lactating women). In fact, unlike DHA from fish oil, Neuromins® DHA is considered so safe and so important for brain and eye development, it is added to infant formulas in over 60 countries but not yet in the U.S.<br><br>
The recommended dosage of Neuromins® DHA is 100mg per day. Those who eat little or no DHA rich foods should take 200mg of Neuromins® DHA per day. Today, the average Americans daily intake of DHA is significantly lower then it was 50 years ago. Similarly, the level of DHA in breast milk of American women is significantly lower then it was 50 years ago. An additional 200mg of DHA a day increases the benefits of the average American mother’s breastmilk to near historic levels.<br><br>
To learn more about Neuromins® DHA and chat with Dr. Sears, or visit our website at <a href="http://www.Store.Martek.com" target="_blank">www.Store.Martek.com</a>. To order Neuromins® DHA or to receive a free information packet, please call 1-888-OK-BRAIN or email Martek at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>. It’s a great way to give your baby a healthy head start.
 

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Thank you mamaganic for your response!<br><br>
Anyone else?????
 

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I haven't quite gotten the hang of all the codes/linking stuff on this message board so I hope this works when I try to link you...I'm going to try to post the link to a DHA thread I started a couple days ago that had a lot of info in it.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=610104" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=610104</a>
 

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I'm taking a fish oil supplement. It's been molecularly distilled to remove all mercury and PCBs. I'm taking it to aid brain development (baby's and mine, lol) and because fish oil is a natural blood-thinner and I have a blood-clotting disorder.
 

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I'm not taking a suppliment, but I eat organic or all natural eggs that are high in dha (that's an easy natural source you don't have to worry about mercury in).
 

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I drink a glass of silk enhanced soymilk - it has 300mg of omega-3s and 2100mg of omega-6s. Lots of vitamins too.
 

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Thank you for the responses!!! I really appreciate it very much!! Great idea... the eggs!!<br><br>
Also, thank you so much Rachel for the link.... I didn't see that!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I added some new info from the dr. sears website on my #1 posting.... any thoughts on this brand?
 

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<b>Good sources of DHA:</b><br><br>
Oily fish (salmon, trout, herring, anchovy, tuna)<br>
Canola oil<br>
Walnuts and walnut oil<br>
Almonds<br>
Brazil nuts<br>
Pumpkin seeds<br>
Sunflower seeds<br>
Flax seeds<br>
Crab<br>
Shrimp<br>
Chicken<br>
Eggs<br>
Arugula<br><br>
With so many readily available food souces, I guess I don't see the need for supplements. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: I worry about algae as a souce, due to heavy water pollution where it is harvested (especially lakes!)
 

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I take a Neuromins DHA. Lots of different supplement brands use the Neuromins...I use Source Naturals. But there are several different ones.<br><br>
I do eat natural eggs from my own chickens--I was just reading how to supplement them to bring the DHA content of the eggs up--but I'm a vegetarian and I don't think I get enough DHA from my diet. So that's why I supplement...I figure, it might help, it might not--but it's not going to hurt!<br><br>
ETA: The algae they use to produce the Neuromins DHA doesn't grow wild, it is grown and harvested in controlled conditions. This is what the company (Martek) says on their website: "Martek’s microalgae are grown in fermentors that range in size from 80,000 to 260,000 liters. The algae are then harvested and processed to extract the DHA-rich oil. The finished product is a clear, amber-colored oil rich in DHA." So, I don't think pollution would be a problem. I do think that food sources are always preferable over a man-made source, I just wonder if I actually get enough from my own diet, personally...
 

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I do eat natural eggs from my own chickens--I was just reading how to supplement them to bring the DHA content of the eggs up--but I'm a vegetarian and I don't think I get enough DHA from my diet. So that's why I supplement...I figure, it might help, it might not--but it's not going to hurt!</div>
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Ah, yes, I can see how being vegetarian would make it more difficult. So are you giving your chickens flax, or..?
 

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Milled flax, yes (or, rather, I plan to start as soon as I can replenish my bulk supply of flaxseed!) That's the only thing I've read about to boost the DHA content in the eggs, though I suppose there are other ways. I also read that chickens can much more effectively convert the fatty acids in flax to DHA--were us humans can't really get much DHA from flax?? Not sure if that's true or not, but I figure it can't hurt to throw the girls a bit of flax seed!
 

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I eat 3 eggs every day - do you think that that's enough for my baby's brain development? I'm on a very limited diet right now because I get sick very easily. I have to go to playgroup, so I haven't had a chance to read the other DHA thread.
 

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I'm taking 3 grams (yes GRAMS, not milligrams) of Nordic Natural omega-3s a day... It includes 1350mg of DHA.<br><br>
Um, can you take too much? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I could be totally wrong, but I believe that too much vitamin A is a concern during pregnancy (whether it's natural or not)?? I thought I had read that somewhere. I know that my prenatal has very little or no vitamin A. I do know that that Nordic Naturals Omega 3 formula has a lot of vitamin A. I would check into that. I do know that they do <i>not</i> recommend that particular supplement for pregnant women, and I think it may be either because of the vitamin A content, or the blood-thinning properties, or both...but really, I would check on that.<br><br>
I think you can get too much of anything if you try hard enough...the suggestions I've seen for DHA are around 200 milligrams per day for a pregnant woman.
 

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I take a vegan algae-derived one called O-Mega-Zen that I got from veganessentials.com. It's got 300 mg of DHA per capsule and it is in a veggie capsule; the Neuromins appear to be in a gelatin-based "regular" capsule. Otherwise they seem pretty similar, except I think mine worked out to be a bit cheaper than the few sites I just visited to see prices of Neuromins. $30 Canadian with shipping for 40 300 mg capsules. The others seem to have less per cap and cost at least as much but in US$<br><br>
ETA: Personally, I wouldn't worry about it if a) I weren't pregnant, and b) I ate some of the things that gottaknit mentioned regularly (i think canola oil is too high in omega 6 to count), but I don't, so I take the supplement--it probably ends up costing about the same as adding any of those (vegan) products to my grocery list would, anyway, plus I am not a huge fan of most of them
 

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Yes, too much vitamin A is definitely a problem in pregnancy. Vit A is terotogenic! That is why pregnant women aren't supposed to use Vit A derived skin creams like Retin A or Differin.<br><br>
I wouldn't take any supplement with Vit A while pregnant.
 

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Actually, I spoke with Nordic Naturals today and specifically asked about the Ultimate Omega supplement that I am taking.<br><br>
There is ZERO Vitamin A in the supplement. Nor does the label indicate any at all. There is however Vitamin E, which I was already aware of.<br><br>
Just FYI. And I know what you mean about Vit. A. My prenatal doesn't contain but a trace amount either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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