Recently, a group of neuroscientists and nutritionists have discovered that these fatty acids may also help aid in baby’s mental health, the details of which have been published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
The study posits that the less Omega-3 intake of the pregnant mom, the higher the likelihood that the baby would grow up more prone to suffering from depression and mental health problems.
Rats were used in the experiment, wherein 3 females low in Omega-3 gave birth to offspring that showed neural deficiencies.
From these results, the researchers concluded that Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial during any age and that not having intake of these would result to predisposition to mood disorders during adulthood.
Omega-3s are naturally found in fish, krill, mussels, eggs, seal oil, milk and cheese.
Although fish is a major source of Omega-3, pregnant women are being discouraged from eating more than a single 6-ounce meal per week to reduce the risk for mercury toxicity.
SOURCES: • February 1, 2011. “Consumption Of Omega-3s During Pregnancy May Alter Child’s Risk of Depression” BetterHealthResearch.com • February 8, 2011. “Low Omega 3 in Pregnancy May Lead to Depression” Calorielab.com