Chia for Women´s Health
Pregnancy and Nursing
During fetal life and up to the first year of life, there is increased accumulation of Omega-3 fatty acids in the baby’s brain and retina, at the mother’s expense. This is a critical process in the child’s psychomotor development and growth. Omega-3 fatty acids are transferred from the mother to the fetus through the placenta, and after birth through the mother’s milk; therefore there is a correlation between the mother’s intake of essential fatty acids and those received by the baby. In addition, Omega-3 reduce the risk of pregnancy-associated hypertension, through its anti-hypertension effect as described in “Benefits to your Heart
Pregnancy and puerperium (the post-partum stage) are times when many physical, psychological and social changes take place, increasing vulnerability to psychic disorders. Very low Omega-3 levels have been associated with depressive states. Research shows a decrease in Omega-3 fatty acids in the brain of depressed patients, and a correlation between the fatty acid decrease level in the cell membranes and the level of depression.
The Skin and Omega-3
A healthy skin is largely a reflection of the body’s inner state, and the diet is central to preserving its good condition. Several investigations confirm the beneficial effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on the skin, particularly in alleviating skin lesions in eczema or psoriasis patients.