Well not fish exactly, but a new break-through study was just released today that notes... "High doses of DHA-dominant omega-3 fatty...
Well not fish exactly, but a new break-through study was just released today that notes...
"High doses of DHA-dominant omega-3 fatty acids administered to premature infants via their mother's breast milk can reduce the risk of developmental disorders."
These findings were just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and relate to a six-year study involving pregnant and lactating women. In the study which involved a total of 657 premature infants, researchers found the lipid DHA (omega-3) is not developed sufficiently in premature infants. That can lead to possible impaired mental development. In order to combat this issue, 1000mg DHA supplements were given to breastfeeding mamas with preterm infants. Infants who were not breastfeeding were given infant formula with matching DHA levels. The results: "50 percent fewer infants on high-DHA diets experienced delayed mental development compared to infants on low-DHA diets. Infants weighing one-third the weight of a full-term baby who were fed high-DHA diets scored better on mental development tests, with a 40 percent reduction in the incidence of mild mental delay." Why this study matters to you:  Many studies show that pregnant and breastfeeding women are not eating fish, or not eating enough. If this is you, and you have a preterm baby, you should be taking an omega-3 supplement. The extra omega-3 may be able to prevent any mental developmental problems that your baby could develop due to being born early. Talk to your prenatal and postnatal care providers about omega-3 supplements. You could also eat more fish. If you're worried about eating fish due to contaminates, know that many fish are perfectly safe to eat. Find out which fish are safe for you to eat.

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