Eat fish to have a smart baby
Infants born to mothers who consumed a considerable amount of fish during pregnancy score higher in verbal intelligence and fine motor skill tests, and present an increased prosocial behavior, a new study has found.
This study was conducted within the framework of the NUTRIMENTHE project and coordinated by the University of Granada professor Cristina Campoy Folgoso.
Fish oil is the primary source of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the main component of brain cell membranes.
The European Commission has confirmed and supports the healthy effects of DHA as `it contributes to the normal development of the brain and eye of the fetus and breastfed infants`.
The NUTRIMENTHE project is focused on the effects that genetic variants and maternal fish intake have on the offspring`s intellectual capacity. The researchers mainly focused on polymorphisms in the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene cluster that encodes the delta-5 and delta-6 desaturase enzymes involved in the synthesis of long-chain fatty acids of the series omega-3 and omega-6.