According to an EU-funded study presented at the 6th World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology last month, children of mothers who took fish oil during pregnancy have faster problem-solving skills and better focus 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 the functioning of the resting state, that is, when a school-age person does not do any cognitive or active tasks in children.
Professor Dr. Berthold Koletzko, Head of Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine at Dr. von Hauner Kinderklinik, University Hospital Munich, Germany, one of the authors of the study, explains: “The results show that the quality of maternal nutrient supply during the early brain development phase in pregnancy has a lasting influence on brain function later in school age.
“Women before and during pregnancy should therefore be supported in achieving a high-quality diet and advised on the possible use of fish oil supplements.”
Study coordinator and director of the Euristikos Center of Excellence in Pediatric Research at the University of Granada, Spain, Professor Christina Campoy added: “Our research shows that children of mothers who took fish oil in the second half of pregnancy have 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 Domellof, 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. “