Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are vital components to the structure of all our cell membranes. They make your cell membranes strong, flexible and healthy. GLA contained in Efamol Evening Primrose Oil is one of the most beneficial EFAs.
Designed to be taken before, during and after pregnancy, Efamol Mother and Baby softgels help provide Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs), which are not always present in sufficient quantities in the mother's diet and are vitally important in the development of a baby's eyes, brain and central nervous system.
What are Fatty Acids?
Every single function of the body, right down to the beating of your heart, depends on the presence of the right fats and fatty acids in cell membranes.
Fat - essential for life
Fat comes in good and bad forms, and too much fat in your diet can contribute to obesity. However, too little fat can also be very bad for you, particularly if you're very young - and too little of the essential Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) could contribute to a variety of health issues:
Reduced learning ability
There are two 'families' of essential fatty acids, the omega-6 and omega-3 series, the 'parents' of which are an essential component of a healthy diet as they cannot be produced by our bodies:
Linoleic acid (LA) is the parent fatty acid of the omega-6 family and is commonly found in vegetable oils such as corn oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil and soya oil.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the parent of the omega-3 family and predominantly comes from green leafy vegetables and some vegetable oils (flax, rape and soya), while the longer chain members of the omega-3 series are predominantly found in fish and fish oils.
These essential fatty acids are converted in the body by enzymes into Long Chain Polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs). The four most important LCPUFAs needed by the body are:
Unfortunately, the body's conversion of essential fatty acids to LCPUFAs is an inefficient process, especially in the very young and old and during times of stress or illness However, the biggest contributing factor towards an LCPUFA deficiency is the modern diet:
An increase in vegetable oil consumption has resulted in harmful levels of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet.
An increase in vegetarianism has resulted in an excess of omega-6 fatty acids, while strict vegetarian diets provide no DHA, EPA or AA.
An increase in hydrogenated fats in processed foods has increased trans fatty acid consumption.
Low fish consumption leads to low intakes of the vital LCPUFAs DHA and EPA
Farmed fish and meat from cattle fattened on cereals rather than grass have less omega-3 LCPUFAs than before
Over the years, breast milk composition has changed and mother's milk now has less DHA and more omega-6 fatty acids
The importance of Evening Primrose Oil
The impaired conversion of the parent essential fatty acids means their LCPUFA derivatives GLA, EPA, DHA and AA need to be supplied pre-formed in the diet, and many years of research have pointed to Evening Primrose Oil as the most reliable source of GLA.
Each Softgel Provides: High DHA marine fish oil concentrate 750mg
One to Two capsules daily with food. Efamol Mother and Baby softgels may be taken with folic acid.
To appreciate their full value Efamol Mother and Baby should be taken for a minimum of 3 months, throughout pregnancy, and during breastfeeding. Give to baby through breastfeeding or add to milk or food until at least 3 years old. Brain development happens right through to this age. It may be continued after for a child's brain nutrition.
Efamol Mother and Baby is specially formulated to help in three ways for;
Before pregnancy to build up a Mother's store of vital LCPUFAs
During pregnancy to provide the DHA & AA, which are important building blocks for Baby's brain, eye and central nervous system
After pregnancy to help ensure adequate levels of LCPUFAs both to the Mother and Baby via the mother's breast milk.
Importance of fatty acids in pregnancy
While LCPUFAs can be obtained from your diet, it's difficult to ensure an adequate supply during pregnancy. Foods that are rich in LCPUFAs tend to be the kind of things that pregnant women are encouraged to avoid, either for the health of the baby (e.g. eggs, offal, fatty fish) or for their own cholesterol levels (e.g. red meat)
In the last trimester of pregnancy the brain in the unborn baby increases 4 to 5 times in size and there is a rapid accumulation of DHA and AA in the eye and brain.
Taking Efamol Mother and Baby is a safe way to help safeguard the levels of these nutrients.
Whilst Efamol Mother and Baby is generally regarded as safe to take with medicines, anyone under medical supervision, or taking medication, should consult their doctor before taking a supplement. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
A 30-week study in Australia suggests that boosting levels of LCPUFAs through diet or with a dietary supplement during pregnancy can result in significantly better eye and brain function in young infants, and with no adverse effects. Read more about this research here.
Yes! LCPUFAs can help your brain health no matter how old you are. During pregnancy your brain can shrink by up to 3% (which explains those bouts of forgetfulness...). This is because all available LCPUFAs are re-routed to the unborn baby, so if you're not getting enough through your diet, your brain misses out - taking a supplement could help boost your levels. Additionally, LCPUFAs play an important role in a variety of cell functions (like the development of healthy skin, hair and nails) but can be depleted by sleepless nights, poor diet and hormonal imbalance - all-too familiar side effects of having a baby.
The DHA and AA found in Efamol Mother and Baby's formulation are derived from fish oil containing only traces of Vitamin A. This is because the oil is from the flesh of the fish unlike Cod Liver Oil, which is from the liver of the fish.
Take one capsule twice a day with food or drink or two capsules at once. For best results, spread the dose throughout the day and take with meals. When baby is not breastfed then add the capsules to their milk or food.
Minor side effects have occasionally been reported, including gastro-intestinal disturbances like loose stools, nausea and headaches. Such side effects either disappear on their own or respond to a reduced intake of Efamol Mother and Baby.