Since my pregnancy with the princess my brain has been trapped in a fog and it feels like it takes me twice as long to focus in and get something done. I’ve tried all the essential oils that help with energy and concentration. I’ve drank all the coffee. I switched to matcha smoothies, which do provide a temporary clarity and mental boost that one could really get hooked on, but sadly only lasts a few hours. I’m walking in a room and asking myself, “why did I come in here?” Some days I’ve noticed are better than others, but I’m wondering what mom brain is. It’s so weird when you go from feeling like you are sharp as a tack to feeling like a dull and rusty spoon (with stretch marks).
This one is for the parents
Did you see my children’s DHA post? Remember the part where I said you never outgrow your need for DHA? That goes for you too, mom (& dad)! I’ve been digging through all the information I can find on DHA these past few weeks and the more I learn the more amazed I am and the more convinced I am that DHA is at least one of the fans we need to blow away the heinous fog!
When you are pregnant with your precious baby that you give them 20% of your mineral stores. I read about it when I was pregnant in the in the calcium lie. I’ll be writing a post about this soon so keep on the look out for that! Research regarding DHA and pregnancy is very limited, but I did dig up this study that suggests we may loose 18% of our DHA stores when growing our little bundle. Based off what I learned earlier it only makes sense! Surely this could be a factoring culprit in the strange case of mom brain. You cannot make significant amounts of these fatty acids on your own so they must be consumed. A diet rich in healthy omega-3s supports your hippocampus, making your memory stronger. However, our westernized diets are not very conducive to replenishing that naturally.
Are you getting enough?
Have you been suffering the dreaded mom brain, too? Are you getting enough DHA in your diet? I found this neat little test you can take to check if you are getting enough omega-3s. I took it and the results were pretty shocking! Taking MorEPA Omega-3 has really impressed me. At 850mg, it has the highest amount of omega-3s per gel cap than other supplement I’ve found.
MorEPA goes through a three-step process of carbon filtration, CO2 extraction, then additional supercritical fluid chromatography. It is said to “have remarkably low levels of oxidation as well as undetectable levels of dioxins, pesticides and heavy metals like mercury”. It is easy to take at only one a day. They are made with Orange oil. Instead of lemon they have a wonderful orange flavor. If you happen to burp later after taking these the taste is really quite pleasant! Best part? I can already feel the mom brain dissipating!
Why more EPA?
We touched on what DHA is in my children’s DHA blog post, but what is EPA? EPA is short for eicosapentaenoic acid. It is an omega-3 fatty acid just like DHA. DHA benefits the brain and protects from cognitive decline, while the EPA fights depression and supports mood. DHA is responsible for preventing heart failure, while EPA Protects Against Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis. EPA can reduce inflammation and help with rheumatoid arthritis and prevent the formation of fatty plaque in arteries. So as you can see DHA and EPA both work to benefit our bodies in the same area, but by doing something totally different and unique!
DHA is stored in the brain, heart, and retinas, but EPA isn’t stored at all. Your body can convert DHA into EPA, but only at a rate of about 10%. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that when you’re supplementing you are getting more EPA! The MorEPA has an unprecedented ratio of 4:1 EPA to DHA.
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