Saturday, March 29, 2008

Prenatal omega-3 may aid babies' brain development

Prenatal omega-3 may aid babies' brain development - Yahoo! News
"...among 109 Inuit infants they followed, those whose umbilical-cord blood was higher in docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 acid, at birth did better in tests of infant brain and eye development at the ages of 6 and 11 months...The new findings, reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, highlight the particular importance of DHA in the mothers' diet during the third trimester, when fetal brain development accelerates...There was no correlation, however, between the infants' test performance and DHA from breast milk. It's likely, according to Jacobson's team, that mothers' third-trimester DHA intake is more important than babies' consumption of breast-feeding because of the "critical third trimester brain growth spurt."...Besides fish, such as tuna and salmon, other DHA sources include fish oil supplements and algae-derived DHA..."

A bit more evidence of the power of DHA supplements during the prenatal period, especially the second half of pregnancy. Prenatal choline is probably the most important brain booster during the prenatal period. Moderate exercise during pregnancy is also another brain booster.

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