The Science of Pregnancy:  What to look for in Prenatal Diets and Supplements.

The Science of Pregnancy: What to look for in Prenatal Diets and Supplements.

My mom and dad were born in rural New England  during the Great Depression.  Their parents were not well off.  One grandfather dug ditches for $5/week,  the other inspecting power lines for pennies more.  Yet both grandmothers gave birth to healthy offspring. How did they pull this off? 

Search the internet for  “Prenatal diet” and you get the following advice: 

  • Increase caloric intake by 300 calories/day
  • Eat a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies, low fat sources of calcium such as dairy products as well as 3 servings of protein daily
  • Consider a Prenatal Vitamin Supplement

2 potatoes took care of the 300 calories.
Fruit and veggies were purchased on payday lasting as long as cash did. 
There were no prenatal vitamin supplements. 

Where did they get their 3 servings of protein?

One grandfather had a canoe and fished for trout & perch from the local lakes.  My mom's mother had a cousin who donated the occasional piece of dear meat. 
Both families bought offal (mostly liver) from nearby farms and they ate eggs,  lots of eggs.

Here is what the  chemistry of free range eggs looked like compared to today: 

* DHA – docosahexaenoic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid

There are two things that that jump out of this chart that are a cause of concern.

Omaga 3  is all but gone from the modern egg.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends 350mg /day of Omega 3 and  300 mg/day of DHA.  DHA/Omega 3 are critical fatty acids for proper brain and eye development.  

Astaxanthin goes AWOL. 

The orange color in free range eggs comes from the presence of astaxanthin which hens pump in vast quantities into the yolk.  

This is not an evolutionary curiosity.  Astaxanthin is nature’s most powerful anti-oxidant and anti-microbial/viral agent.  When an egg hatches or a woman gives birth, the offspring needs astaxanthin to protect vital enzymes, metals and minerals that are essential for growth and development as well  to protect themselves  from bacteria/viral infections outside the egg or womb.

Note that while I picked on eggs as an example,  post-World War II American food producers increased animal production by confining animals to feed lots.  They fed fish, beef, pork and chickens soy and corn based diets, drastically changing in two generations the nutritional quality of of these foods. 

Prenatal Supplements.

The most common supplements include folic acid (vitamin B),  Vitamins B12, D, & E, iodine, iron, niacin,  zinc, riboflavin, calcium and thiamine. These vitamins and compounds are all vital to infant health but missing Omega 3/DHA, Astaxanthin, 
Selenium (critical for thyroid development) and Magnesium (used in energy generation and to make proteins).  

Pregnant women that are able to eat a healthy diet of  should consider using an astaxanthin supplement.

If you are  not able to eat a balanced nutritional diet consider using our Immune Booster as a compliment to folic acid and calcium supplements for proper neurological, skeletal and muscle development.

One Immune Booster capsule has 6 mg of our highly bioavailable astaxanthin, plus a mix of iron, selenium, magnesium, zinc,  and DHA.