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Mothers-to-be: eat salmon for the omega-3s

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Salmon is often referred to as "brain food," and that extends to babies too. Researchers in Canada studied 109 Inuit infants in Quebec, followed them through development during pregnancy and then tested them at the ages of 6 months and 11 months. Their tests indicated just how strong the link is between the omega-3 fatty acids - found in abundance in salmon - and the healthy development of babies.

Exposure to omega 3s during infant development raised levels of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, in the umbilical cord. The kids with highest cord DHA levels had better vision at 6 months, and better cognitive development, motor development, and coordination at 11 months.

So, moms-to-be, be sure to include some salmon, which delivers plenty of cognitive and coordination-building omega-3s for your little bun.

A truly delectable way is with my ChefMD®-approved Pan-Grilled Citrus Salmon over Asian Slaw, which also adds the crunch and nutrition of cabbage and peapods. It's a savory, nourishing meal for both of you!

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From: stoltzc

I worry about the health of salmon and other fish--haven't I heard that moms-to-be have to limit their consumption of fish?

From: kimberlypb

When I was pregnant four years ago, they said two servings of fish weekly was the limit. From what I understand, wild caught salmon is very low in mercury. Here's the FDA website on pregnancy and fish:

From: rayson

The fish with the highest mercury content are - shark,sword fish,king macrel and tilefish and should be avoided. The best source of Omega 3,is 2 to 4 grams of fish oil, in the form of capsules. Minimum of 1200 mg (600 mg taken twice daily.) This will also decease your triglyderides. I use tuna in water from a reputable and quality (like Trader Joe's.) Tobasco sauce makes an excellent spice that can mask the fish odour. Also, marinating the fish with turmeric (curcumin-antioxidant) and lemon for few hours, not only takes away the odour but you will prevent alzeimers! with turmeric and get RDA of Vit.C (one lemon/lime.)

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