Fish oil taken throughout being pregnant boosts problem-solving and focus in youngsters, new knowledge reveals


GENEVA, June 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Children of mothers who took fish oil during their pregnancy have been shown to have faster problem-solving skills and better attention-focusing skills by the age of 10, according to results from an EU-funded study published today at the 6th Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and nutrition.

This is the first study to examine the long-term effects of maternal fish oil and / or 5-MTHF (folic acid) supplementation on resting state functioning – when a person is not engaged in a cognitive or active task – school-aged children.

Professor Dr. Berthold Koletzko, Head of Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, University Hospital Munich, Germany, one of the authors of the study, explains: “The results show that the quality of the maternal nutrient supply during the phase of rapid early brain development in pregnancy has a lasting influence on brain function later in school age. Therefore, before and during pregnancy, women should be supported in achieving a high quality diet and advised on the possible use of fish oil supplements.

Coordinator of the study and director of the EURISTIKOS Center of Excellence for Pediatric Research at the University Granada, Spain, Professor Christina Campoy, adds, ‘Our research provides evidence that children born to mothers who took fish oil in the second half of pregnancy had improved memories.

The study tracked 57 children born to mothers from a previous research program who were given 500 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 150 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) fish oils, either with or without 400 µg 5-MTHF (folic acid). Acid), folic acid alone, or placebo, during the second half of pregnancy.

professor Magnus Domellöf, Chair of the ESPGHAN Nutrition Committee, commented, “The results of this study show that early nutrition during pregnancy can have a significant impact on brain development in children, with the potential to improve cognitive performance. We look forward to testing the results of this study in further studies. ‘



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