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Typical North American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids
Date:3/7/2008

an omega-3 fatty acid supplement or one that took a placebo. All the women continued eating their regular diets. The supplement added the equivalent of two fatty fish meals per week, an amount that the researchers estimated would prevent deficiency. The researchers tested the womens blood samples at 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy and measured the amount of DHA (docasohexaenoic acid), a type of omega-3 fatty acids thats known to be important for brain and eye function.

After the babies were born, the researchers did vision tests to evaluate the infants ability to distinguish lines of different widths. Its an innovative way of evaluating neurological maturity in babies who are unable to talk. Since the eyes are connected to the brain, they reflect the brains development.

The aim of this study was to contribute to a growing body of knowledge that focuses on the dietary needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women. More research is needed to identify recommended daily amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.

For better health, its important for pregnant and nursing mums and all of us to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, eggs, and fish while minimizing consumption of processed and prepared foods, says Dr. Innis.


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Contact: Jennifer Kohm
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Child & Family Research Institute
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