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I am 13 weeks pregnant. I am on Synthroid (thyroxine) 50 mcg and citranatal DHA vitamins. I also had a hepatitis at an age of 5. Can i eat two grapefruits a day or will it interact with medications listed above?
Doubtful: 2 grapefruits will not interfere with your mediciation; however, can interfere with other mediciations and antibiotics: check with your OB-GYN. ...Read more
Apart from blood thinners are there any drugs that should be avoided when taking high dose omega 3? (1000mg EPA & 500mg DHA)
Yes: For the growing child it enhances brain growth as brain membranes are laid down. We have noted improved development and iq scores on diets supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids. Check out all the new baby formulas. For older children and adults they continue to assist in membrane synthesis and keeping fats solubilized in the blood to decrease atherosclerosis and arterial plaque formation. ...Read more
See below: Dha has been known to enhance neuronal development in developing brain. Also known to increase alertness and cognitive development in infants and toddlers. Pregnant moms and lactating women are encouraged to take dha supplement, and all infant formula is supplemented with it. ...Read more
See below:: Omega-3 fatty acid: dha (docosahexaenoic acid): from breast milk, flax, walnuts, some algae and fatty fish. The brain is 60% fat! this structural fat supports the myelin sheath, covering billions of neurons in our brains. A substantial portion is dha. Research suggests that infants receiving dha from breast milk or infant formula with dha have higher iqs and more mature visual skills. ...Read more
Essential fatty acid: These are short forms of the essential fatty acids which are important for the new unborn child's proper development especially of the brain. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) & docosahexaenoic acid(DHA) are essential human nutrients. Therefore now a days they are being stressed both for the pregnant women as well as the growing infants who are taking formulas. ...Read more
Maybe: Omega-3 fatty acids, such as dha, are important for good health. People who eat diets rich in omega-3s have improved heart health, better brain function, and less depression. Newer research indicates that dha alone does not have this effect. Eating fish at least 2 times per week, or taking supplemental marine oils (fish or krill) provides all 3 ingredients needed for better health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dha (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega 3 fatty acid that is vital to your baby's early neurologic and visual growth/development. It is found in many prenatal vitamins nowadays since it is not a substance that is produced by our bodies naturally. Instead, we must get it from our diet and supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DHA and ARA: Are always needed, but extra supplementation is recommended for the first year of life. ...Read more
I currently take DHA 200mg and want to increase it to 600mg. Is it safe to take 200mg 3 times a day?
Yes: This should be well-tolerated and can potentially provide benefit. ...Read more