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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS October 20, 2010

Fish Oil Does Not Benefit Baby's Cognition or Mom's Depression

October 20, 2010

Consumption of fish oil during pregnancy does not benefit babies’ cognitive development or mothers’ mood, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Pregnant women who consumed 800 mg of a DHA-rich fish oil supplement each day during pregnancy showed no benefits for depression, and their babies did not differ cognitively from children born from women who consumed a vegetable oil (rapeseed, sunflower, and palm) supplement. A team of researchers in Australia evaluated depression in 2,320 women six months postpartum and cognitive scores including memory, problem solving, and language for 694 children at 18 months.

Makrides M, Gibson RA, McPhee AJ, et al. Effect of DHA Supplementation During Pregnancy on Maternal Depression and Neurodevelopment of Young Children. JAMA. 2010;304:1675-1683.

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