Benefits of salmon consumption in pregnant women and their newborns

In a recent study conducted by a team from the University of Southampton conducted under the European project AquaMax, reported from Skretting, “it has been concluded that the nutritional benefits for these women and their newborns are quantifiable and also continue after the birth of the baby if she continues breastfeeding”.

According to statements by Philip Calder, Nutritional Immunology Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, and which echoes Skretting, “although so far there were many reports about the benefits of eating oily fish like salmon mainly associated with polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA long-chain Omega-3 and vitamin D and selenium, for the first time with this ‘study of the effects of salmon during pregnancy’ has prepared a different diet for two groups of pregnant women looking for differences in blood tests. “

A total of 120 recruited pregnant women, says Calder, and whose diet regularly, was not oily fish were separated into two groups of 60, One group continued their usual diet and the other ate salmon twice a week from week 20 of pregnancy.
The salmon used, more than 2,000 kilos, fed a special diet prepared by the Center for Skretting Aquaculture Research (ARC) ensured that the fish under investigation had a good content of nutrients, the researcher adds. Thus the individual portions of 150 g, frozen and vacuum sealed, contained 30.5 g protein, 16.4 g fat, and 1.7 g of omega-3 fatty acids and a good content of vitamin D and selenium.

In the group of women under study, says Philip Calder, ” vitamin D, EPA, DHA, and selenium levels were measured in blood samples, where significant differences were found, the highest levels found in the group consuming salmon. “The levels of DHA and EPA decreased during pregnancy in the group who did not consume salmon and increased in the group who did” Calder continued. “DHA is a structural component in the formation of the eyes and nervous system, including the brain.  These organs develop both during fetal growth and a baby’s early life.   DHA is provided by the mother, either through the blood supply to the fetus or in breast milk after birth. Eating salmon is an important contribution to growth and early development of babies “concludes the professor of nutritional immunology at the School of Medicine, Southampton.



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