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Does Omega-3 Supplementation During Pregnancy Improve Vision in Infants?

Posted By Dr. Risa Schulman On April 28, 2011 @ 2:59 pm In Nutrition,Pediatrics,Research | Comments Disabled

Omega-3 has been a recommended supplement for pregnant women by a number of high profile agencies, including the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation, March of Dimes and the scientifically very stringent EFSA (European Food Safety Agency).  They base their stance on a large number of studies showing that DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) is important in normal development of vision in infants.

However a new study called the DHA for Maternal and Infant Outcomes (DOMInO) trial contradicts this evidence.  In the study, conducted in Australia, women were given 800 mg of DHA or a placebo during the second half of their pregnancy.  The visual acuity of the infants was tested 4 months after birth.  No significant differences were found between babies whose mothers had taken DHA vs those who had taken placebo.

The only factor that was found to make a difference was whether or not the mother smoked – smoking by the mother led to poorer vision in the infant.

For an article on the findings, click here [1].

For the study abstract in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, click here [2].

Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science, Marketing and Regulatory

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[1] here: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Omega-3s-may-not-give-kids-20-20-vision-says-study/?c=el6AeojhtTyB4mDfh8EgnQ%253D%253D&utm_source=Newsletter_Subject&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%252BSubject

[2] here: http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2011/04/12/ajcn.110.009647.abstract?sid=c34a759a-aecf-4981-a3aa-9efc48537dd9

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