Show Your Heart Some Love with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

February 16, 2016

In honor of Heart Health month, we’re passing along some great information on how to show your heart some love with omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of “good” fat that is essential for health and development. There are more than a dozen types of omega-3 fatty acids found in nature. But the two most common, and perhaps most beneficial, are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).1 Both DHA and EPA are found naturally in animals, while another omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) naturally occurs in plants such as nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables. Current research shows that omega-3s occurring in fish oils (DHA and EPA) are a more reliable source than omega-3s occurring in plants.2

DHA and EPA also can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.3 While studies are still underway to understand this relationship, research suggests that DHA and EPA can benefit the heart by:

• Reducing inflammation in blood vessels to improve blood flow4
• Slightly lowering blood pressure4
• Improving the function of endothelium (the interior lining of blood vessels)4
• Decreasing the rate of plaque build-up4
• Decreasing triglyceride and lipoprotein levels4
• Lowering the risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attack or stroke4
• Lowering the risk of arrhythmia (an irregular heart beat) that can lead to heart attack or stroke4

Prenatal Vitamins with DHA

Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous benefits for an expecting mother’s heart. But DHA also has benefits for her growing baby, including an important role in brain development.3 The Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women get no more than 2 grams of DHA each day from dietary supplements and no more than 3 grams of DHA each day from food sources.

Some women may have trouble consuming enough DHA from diet alone to meet the FDA’s recommendation.3 Taking a once-a-day prenatal vitamin with DHA can help. The Prenate® Vitamin Family has several prenatal vitamins with DHA to help cover nutritional gaps.

Prenate® Pixie is a small prescription prenatal vitamin with DHA. The softgel is small and designed for easy swallowing. But it’s also mighty, with 11 robust, highly absorbable nutrients to support mom and baby from preconception through pregnancy and beyond. The DHA in Prenate® Pixie is derived from fish oils and is readily absorbed by the body. Click here to learn more about Prenate® Pixie and to download a coupon for prenatal vitamins.


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WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

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