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Omega-3 might prevent brain disorders in offspring: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 21, 2014

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Eating food rich in omega-3 while pregnant may have long-term neurological benefits for a woman's children, a Canadian study has found.

Researchers at Memorial University in St. John's, N.L., studied the effects of omega-3 on pregnant and lactating mice and found that consuming the fatty acid during pregnancy protects the offspring from neurological disorders late in life.

That's because brain formation in the womb relies on docosahexaenoic acid, a classic omega-3 fatty acid the body cannot make itself.

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"Offspring require an external supply through the mother's diet or through breast milk," said PhD candidate Kayode Balogun, who worked on the study with biochemist Sukhinder Kaur Cheema.

"Any activity that decreases the amount of omega-3, or DHA in particular, in the brain at this critical period of development would eventually lead to an improper function of the brain and, in the long run, to neurological disorders."

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