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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Could Boost IQ For Preterm Babies


“New research has found a link between the omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and increased IQ among children born prematurely.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]


Omega-3 fatty acids are increasingly being shown to play important roles in improving health outcomes for babies born prematurely. Previous research has shown they may improve autism spectrum disorder symptoms, for example.

Pregnant women who have low plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their first and second trimesters are known to be at a significantly higher risk of early preterm birth. Notably, therefore, scientists have found that early preterm births may be dramatically decreased by giving pregnant women supplements containing the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A double-blind randomized controlled trial has demonstrated that consumption of omega-3s during the third trimester of pregnancy may prolong gestation and increase the birth weights of newborns.

To learn more about the essential roles micronutrients play in helping ensure a successful pregnancy, see parts one and two of the pregnancy feature article on our website.