How much fish do you eat? Did you eat it while pregnant? If you did, or took Omega-3 supplements, you just might have helped improve your baby’s health.A new study says that women who consume fish oil-type supplements during pregnancy may decrease the number of colds and the duration of colds early in their baby’s life.
In the September issue of Pediatrics, the study says that “cold symptoms occurred 24% less often among babies whose mothers took docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) pills during pregnancy (odds ratio 0.76, 95% confidence interval 0.58 to 1.00) according to Usha Ramakrishnan, PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta.
On top of that, symptoms resolved faster throughout the first six months of life for the supplement group compared with the placebo group.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids like DHA are becoming more widely known for its health benefits, from heart health to improve thyroid function, so non-fish eaters can still wreak the benefits. The authors of the study day that the omega supplements “may influence fetal and infant immune function.
Will this study influence your consumption of fish or Omega-3 supplements? Or do you take these studies with a grain of salt and just try to eat as healthy as possible?
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