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#1 Old 04-05-2012, 08:00 AM
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My wife is three months pregnant. Our clinic recommends that she start taking DHA and Omega supplements for the development of our child's brain.

Unfortunately, the supplement is formulated with concentrated fish oil. It's called NeuroGain PB Vegicaps. The capsule is made from vegetable materials instead of pork and beef. www.neurogain.com

My vegetarian friends and colleagues (some from India) ignored the recommendation. Me and wife would refuse it too. But I think this can be something very important. I'm trying to figure out whether substituting the supplement with a plant-based Omega would actually help the foetus.

Does anyone here faced this dilemma? Does your doctor ask you to take DHA/Omega supplement? How would you do? Which Omega/DHA supplements you take, if any?
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#2 Old 04-05-2012, 08:40 AM
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I don't know about a supplement, but aren't those the same things that soy milk and a lot of cereals are often fortified with? You might be able to get away without supplements if she eats a lot of fortified foods
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#3 Old 04-05-2012, 08:59 AM
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When I was pregnant, I took flaxseed oil capsules and would put freshly-ground flaxseeds in my food. I still do, actually! Mind you, I thought I saw something about the effects of flax on pregnant women not being fully documented. Still... worked for me. I agree with Limes about the fortified foods, too.
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#4 Old 04-27-2012, 09:30 PM
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I know that Deva makes a DHA and EPA supplement, made with algae oil (the DHA/EPA label is important, btw).
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#5 Old 04-29-2012, 09:22 AM
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Here's a good list:'

I've been taking V-Mega, which I got from amazon, but didn't see today! I actually realized I became more focused after taking them, so there's something to it, like going for things and remembering them even after getting distracted on my way!

Algae is a much better source than fish--that's where fish get it from.

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#6 Old 04-29-2012, 02:20 PM
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I took Viridian's pregnancy complex when I was pg, to meet this need. Still using it now while bf'ing actually.

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#8 Old 05-01-2012, 11:53 PM
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As far as omegas go, I know hemp is supposed to be one of the best sources around. I've heard it makes excellent food for infants (and all people for that matter)as well. It contains a ratio of omega 3:6 that's supposed to be superior to that of fish oil. It's a little pricey in America since it's imported, but if it's available and affordable in Maylasia I would look into it.
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