Mothers who take fish oil supplements during may improve their baby's hand-eye coordination and boost brain development.
A new study shows babies born to women who took fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids during the last half of pregnancy had better hand-eye coordination as toddlers than babies born to women who took olive oil supplements containing other types of omega fatty acids.
Researchers say the type of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are essential for normal brain and vision development, but few studies have looked at the safety or potential benefits of supplementing pregnant women’s diets with fish oil.(Read entire article)
Perhaps the most startling finding
was that the children of those women who had consumed the smallest amounts of
omega-3 fatty acids during their pregnancies had verbal IQs six points lower
than average. That may not sound much, but it would have a serious effect on a
country's brainpower if it were widespread. And the finding is particularly
pertinent because existing dietary advice to pregnant women, at least in