DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is necessary during the growth of the baby. It is a critical component of the fetal brain and eyes.
The benefits of getting adequate amounts of DHA during pregnancy and beyond cannot be overstated:
• These Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for visual and neurodevelopment
• DHA is important for the timing of gestation and birth weight 1,2
• DHA supplementation optimizes pregnancy outcomes and fetal health 3
Most pregnant women likely do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids. This is due to the fact that the major dietary source comes from fish and seafood. These food items must be limited during pregnancy due to potential mercury levels. For pregnant women who are vegetarians, it is even more difficult to get the beneficial levels of DHA.
Therefore, Omega-3 supplements are a good way to get the necessary DHA during pregnancy. 4
Ally Nature’s Source of DHA Omega-3
Ally Nature utilizes plant sourced DHA which is sourced from sustainably cultured algae in the form of algal oil. 5
Since it is free from animal derivatives, our DHA is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We use ocean algae DHA that does not contain any shellfish, making it a great match, not only for vegetarians, but for anyone with allergen issues.
Studies show that that algal oil serves as an effective alternative source of DHA. 6
The 100% ocean algae is produced from a patented and innovative process. This proprietary method features technology that makes the DHA algal oil safer, easier to absorb and more stable. The exclusive treatment utilizes state-of- the-art extraction techniques that ensure the high purity and quality of the DHA algal oil.
Benefits of Lutein
Lutein is a carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties.7
The body cannot make Lutein on its own, so it is essential that pregnant women get it from diet or supplementation.8
• Lutein is well known for its critical role in ocular health and is found in the retina of the eyes and in the brain. 9
• Research provides evidence that lutein is an important nutrient for your baby’s brain and nervous system. 9
• Lutein is the main carotenoid in the brain related to memory, sensory skills, learning and cognitive function. 10
• Studies show that it is one of the major carotenoids in cord blood (blood from the umbilical cord). 11
• Lutein is also prominent in colostrum (the first milk your breasts produce that contains antibodies and immunoglobulins to help protect and develop a newborn’s immune system). 12
• Oxidative stress (OS) is an imbalance that can lead to cellular and tissue damage. Research demonstrates that taking lutein during pregnancy can significantly reduce neonatal oxidated stress at birth. 13
Lutein supplementation offers a simple and effective option for increasing intake to support proper eye development and a healthy brain throughout pregnancy.*
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