N-3 Fatty Acids During Pregnancy And Lactation Augments Children's IQ At 4 Years Of Age

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  1. Agent207

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    Maternal supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation augments children's IQ at 4 years of age. - PubMed - NCBI

    We received dietary information from 76 infants (41 in the cod liver oil group and 35 in the corn oil group), documenting that all of them were breastfed at 3 months of age. Children who were born to mothers who had taken cod liver oil (n = 48) during pregnancy and lactation scored higher on the Mental Processing Composite of the K-ABC at 4 years of age as compared with children whose mothers had taken corn oil (n = 36; 106.4 [7.4] vs 102.3 [11.3]). The Mental Processing Composite score correlated significantly with head circumference at birth (r = 0.23), but no relation was found with birth weight or gestational length. The children's mental processing scores at 4 years of age correlated significantly with maternal intake of DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid during pregnancy. In a multiple regression model, maternal intake of DHA during pregnancy was the only variable of statistical significance for the children's mental processing scores at 4 years of age.
     
  2. Peater Piper

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    Interesting. Initially I thought the fat solubles in the cod liver oil may have made a difference, but they supplemented the corn oil.

    I guess an argument could be the omega 3's were less damaging than the omega 6's, maybe even protective?
     
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