DHA for Healthy Kids

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

We’ve heard a lot about the ben­e­fits of DHA, one of the omega-3s found in fish oils, in re­cent years. And now, sci­en­tists have doc­u­mented yet an­other use for the healthy fat. In a study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal

Nu­tri­tion, Univer­sity of Kansas re­searchers re­ported that preg­nant women who take sup­ple­men­tal DHA have chil­dren with a higher fat-free body mass at 5 years of age.

The study fol­lowed 154 preg­nant women be­tween March 2006 and Septem­ber 2009. Half were given 600 mg of DHA daily, and half a placebo. Five years later, re­searchers found that the chil­dren whose moth­ers took the DHA sup­ple­ment had an av­er­age of 1.3 pounds more fat-free mass at age 5 com­pared with the placebo group, while both groups had a sim­i­lar amount of body fat. Preg­nant women who need more DHA in their di­ets don’t have to look far, says Su­san Carl­son, PhD, one of the study’s coau­thors. “There are cur­rently many pre­na­tal sup­ple­ments with DHA. They also can in­crease their in­take of oily fish like sal­mon and tuna.”

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