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CRN responds to JAMA fish oil study
Date:10/19/2010

women supplemented with DHA had lower incidence of preterm birth and lower incidence of low birth weight offspring, which is associated with a variety of positive long-term outcomes, including better cognitive development. Aside from its heart benefits, fish oil is also important for mothers-to-be as it is known to reduce inflammation and promote brain, skin, bone and eye health.

"As the accompanying editorial acknowledges, taking fish oil can contribute to an overall healthy pregnancy. We encourage pregnant and lactating women, and all women of childbearing age to talk with their doctors and make sure they are receiving adequate amounts of DHA," said Dr. MacKay. "Additionally, these women should take 400 mcg of folic acid to help prevent neural tube birth defects. There are many things women can do to help optimize their health and wellness during pregnancyand at the end of the day all of this translates into better health for their baby."


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Contact: Erin Hlasney
ehlasney@crnusa.org
202-204-7684
Council for Responsible Nutrition
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