THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET: Foods, Recipes & Benefits
A way of eating based on traditional foods
Do you know that according to available information, the children of women who consumed Olive Oil in the course of their pregnancy have a better post-natal development than those of mothers who did not? This is manifested in regard to size, weight, behavior and the acquisition of psychomotor reflexes.
Vitamin E, according to studies, is very good for the development of the fetus but also for the newborn, since at the first contact with oxygen he is forced to fight against oxidative stress. Therefore, it is necessary the sufficient reserves of vitamin E, a substance found in abundance in olive oil and maintained in an adequate concentration thanks to the oxidation resistance of this product.
In this way, the quality and quantity of the diet followed during the development of pregnancy play an essential role in the metabolic adaptation that occurs between the mother and the child.
Vitamin E is considered an essential nutritional element. As an antioxidant, it protects from free radicals, the polyunsaturated fatty acids present in membranes and cellular structures. It also has a protective effect on erythrocytes hemolysis (rupture of red blood cells) and acts as a cofactor in many enzymatic systems.
These actions are fundamental importance in all periods of life. In this sense, the consumption of vitamin E during pregnancy is crucial insofar as it causes effects on fetal development, contributing to the maintenance of structural and functional stability of certain tissues. This allows a complete embryonic development and reduces the possibility of fetal malformations. Besides, during the first days of life in the newborn, hyperbilirubinemia is reduced, resulting in decreased hemolysis. That is why it is recommended to consume foods rich in vitamin E such as olive oil and wheat germ during pregnancy.
In addition, the mixture of olive oil with lemon juice used on the skin prevents the formation of stretch marks during pregnancy.
IMPORTANT: This information does not constitute medical advice. If you have any questions, consult your physician.