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Children of mothers who supplemented with omega-3s may have better mental and visual function

This large review of 38 clinical trials covered 5,541 mothers who took omega-3 supplements or a placebo while pregnant.

Overall, compared to children of mothers who had not taken omega-3s, pre-term and full-term children of mothers who supplemented with omega-3s had better visual acuity. Pre-term infants whose mothers had taken omega-3s also had better mental development than pre-term infants whose mothers had taken a placebo. The benefits were the same regardless of world region, race, mothers’ education, the length of time taking omega3 supplements, or the doses of DHA or EPA.

Discussing the results, doctors said the findings make up the most complete body of evidence of the potential benefits of mothers’ omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on the mental development of their children.

 

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