Sep 4th, 2007
A committee - supported by the European Union - recommends fish oil supplements to pregnant women. Omega-3 could help promote healthy births and improve child development.
The committe is composed of experts from the two EU supported projects Early Nutrition Programming and Perinatal Lipid Nutrition. The recommendation is that pregnant women should take 200 mg DHA per day. DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is found mainly in oily fish such as herring, mackerel and salmon.
DHA can improve eye and brain development in fetus. It has also been linked to healthier pregnancies and birth weights, and a reduced risk for premature birth.