Omega-3 is the name of a certain type of "fatty acid" - one that is commonly found in fish and shellfish. Dietary fats are necessary for a healthy body. Some nutrients in food are fat soluble - that is, your body needs fat in order to absorb them properly. Your brain also functions better with a healthy amount of dietary fat. Some call Omega-3 fatty acids brain food due to the cognitive boost they receive. Fish oil is one of nature's richest sources of Omega-3. It is found in fatty, cold-water dwelling fish. While our bodies are able to manufacture most of the types of fat we need, we aren't able to create Omega-3. Hence the need to obtain it from our diet. Two specific compounds found in fish oil are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - you've probably heard about these before. Fatty acids have many health benefits.
Most parents and expectant parents have heard about the benefits of DHA on brain growth and development both with the fetus in the womb and for babies, especially in the first year. Your brain needs plenty of fat to operate and grow. In fact, the brain grows more in the first year of life than at any other point. It's a critical building block for baby's brain, eye, and nervous systems. Fish oil is a valuable source of DHA. If you wish to become pregnant, fish oil can boost a woman's fertility as well as a man's sperm health and mobility. If both parents have a diet rich in Omega-3, the chances of a viable impregnation increase substantially.
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