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Results of Study in Pre-School Children Published in Clinical Pediatrics Adds to Support for Importance of Dietary DHA Intake
Date:6/26/2008

hs. DHA blood levels were measured using a new finger-stick blood test designed by Martek. Cognitive function was measured with four tests, including the PPVT-III. Tests were administered by licensed psychologists with at least of five years of pediatric experience.

"The results of this research are promising and highlight the need to further investigate the relationship between DHA and cognitive development and performance in children," said Dr. Richard Litov, director of Pedia Research L.L.C., and a lead investigator for the study. "This is especially important in light of the fact that most U.S. children get less than 30 mg of DHA per day through diet, far less than what many experts recommend."

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a primary building block for the brain and the eyes and supports brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. There is a large and growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that people of all ages, from infants to aging adults, benefit from an adequate supply of DHA omega-3 in the diet. Scientific reviews highlight the importance of DHA omega-3 in proper brain and eye development and function, and clinical studies are underway to evaluate the role of DHA in decreasing the prevalence of certain neurological disorders. DHA is especially important for healthy growth and development during the early stages of life when the brain, eyes and nervous system are growing and developing at a rate unlike any other time in the human lifecycle. Studies have shown that babies who receive DHA supplementation exhibit a range of advantages over those who did not receive DHA supplementation, including cognitive and visual benefits. Yet despite its importance, Americans have among the lowest dietary intakes of DHA omega-3 in the world.

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