Omega 3 and DHA
DHA, a type of fatty acid in Omega oil, is the basic structural component for the skin, testicles, retinas and brain. DHA is vital for the early development of the nervous system, brain and eyes. In a French study of mums and babies (EDEN), research revealed that levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the colostrum, as well as the duration of breastfeeding, were associated with children’s IQs.
Demand for folate (vitamin B9 in its natural form) increases during pregnancy because it is vital for baby’s cell growth and development. Folic deficiency has been associated with anaemia and peripheral neuropathy in mothers. Around the time of conception folic acid supplements are known to reduce the risk of brain and spine (neural tube) defects in the foetus.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, and is essential for the development of your baby’s bones, teeth, organs and nervous system.