Omega-3 Fats Reduce Risk of Colds In Babies

Babies whose mothers take Omega-3 fish oil supplements during pregnancy suffer fewer colds. The research showed that babies in the group whose mothers had taken DHA were healthier overall.

Recently, a study of more than 800 babies showed that mothers who took  of a particular kind of Omega-3 acid supplements during the second half of their pregnancy had healthier babies. The research showed that babies in the group whose mothers had taken DHA were healthier overall.

Recommending women to take a dose of up to 400 milligrams of DHA during pregnancy would be safe, [but] how much of a benefit there is we don’t know yet,” says Usha Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an associate professor of global health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Babies whose mothers had taken 400mg Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) capsules each day had fewer colds at the age of one month than a control group, although they had longer-lasting rashes.

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After 3 months those whose parents had taken the supplements spent 14 per cent less time ill, and at 6 months they had less fever, breathing problems, rashes and other illnesses but significantly higher levels of vomiting.

In a study published in the Pediatrics journal, they said DHA influenced the duration of illness symptoms and reduced the infants’ chances of catching colds.

Source: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/01/fish-oil-during-pregnancy-may-lessen-infant-colds/

“Recommending women to take a dose of up to 400 milligrams of DHA during pregnancy would be safe, [but] how much of a benefit there is we don’t know yet,” says Usha Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an associate professor of global health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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