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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2018 May;47(3):429-437. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.06.004. Epub 2017 Jul 20.

Omega-3 Consumption During Pregnancy to Support Optimal Outcomes.

Abstract

Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA), including docosahexaenoic acid, are components of cellular membranes that affect biological functioning. Most pregnant women consume inadequate amounts of n-3 LCPUFA and inadequately convert linolenic acid into docosahexaenoic acid. The purpose of this article is to educate nursing professionals on the importance of n-3 LCPUFA consumption during pregnancy and highlight the critical role of nursing professionals in supporting optimal consumption for improved metabolic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory potential.

KEYWORDS:

docosahexaenoic acid; omega-3 fatty acid; pregnancy; prenatal recommendations

PMID:
28736266
DOI:
10.1016/j.jogn.2017.06.004

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