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Taking omega-3 while pregnant does not make your child smarter: study

Women taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy will not have smarter children, according to a new study.

The study, carried out by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the University of Adelaide, followed the cognitive development of 600 children from the fetal stage to age four. Pregnant women took either omega-3 supplements, or placebo.

Researchers found there was no difference between the groups children in development areas such as average cognitive and motor skills up to the age of 18 months. International recommendations suggest women increase their intake of the omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to improve their unborn child’s brain development.

Read more at University of Adelaide

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