I've read studies showing that mothers who consumed Omega-3s during pregnancy have children who lack high cholesterol, even if it runs in their families. Since it definitely runs in mine, I eat a serving of flaxseed (2 Tbsp) every day. I also hope that it will help with my health.
However, flaxseed is very high in calories and fat. I'm worried that I might be eating too many calories to lose, and I have to lose the weight before I can get pregnant. Most fish is out of the question for me as an Omega-3 source because of the mercury present in them...that can stay in my body for a year and harm the baby when I get pregnant. I participated in a study through Greenpeace and found that my levels of mercury (even when trying to refrain from most fish) were above normal but not high enough for treatment.
So, that said, I'm trying to figure out how much Omega-3 is recommended for good health. The serving of flaxseed has 2400 mg. The FDA says you shouldn't eat more that 3 g or you may have excessive bleeding. (
) I'm not finding anything from a reputable source (i.e. not someone selling something) that tells how much is recommended. Do any of you have an idea?