New Research Shows Children's Testing and Behavior Influenced By Omega-3 Levels During Pregnancy

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A child's social behavior and academic abilities are influenced by a mother's level of omega-3 during pregnancy, according to cumulative 2007 research. Three peer reviewed, notable studies published within the last 12 months used different methods, but arrived at similar conclusions.

According to cumulative 2007 research, a child's social behavior and academic abilities are influenced by a mother's level of omega-3 during pregnancy. Three peer reviewed, notable studies published within the last 12 months used different methods, but arrived at similar conclusions.

Research has indicated that supplementing young children with omega-3s from fish oil improves children's focus and behavior in school; these new studies report that the benefits of omega-3s begin much earlier and may be longer lasting. "In the research community, we've known for years that marine source omega-3 fats (e.g. DHA and EPA) are essential for normal infant development. These new studies show that the benefit of consuming omega-3s during pregnancy can positively influence a child's development beyond infancy", stated Gretchen Vannice, MS, RD, Manager of Scientific Affairs, NourishLife, LLC.

"This is critical information, because it is during pregnancy when most women eat less of the omega-3 rich foods, such as fish, over concerns of pollutants and toxins", Vannice continued. Other preliminary studies suggest that benefits from omega-3 consumption during pregnancy continue into adulthood.

One study showed that greater DHA levels at birth were associated with higher quality motor function in the children at age 7 (Bakker et al, 2007). A groundbreaking study published last year (Hibbeln et al, 2007) in a population of nearly 12,000 pregnant women reported that the children of women who ate more than 3 servings of fish a week (an indicator of omega-3 intake) had better verbal IQ at age 7.

Finally, a study published last month (Dunstan, 2008) reported that children born of mothers who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy had better eye and hand coordination at age 2.5 years. "It's not often that studies published within months of each other, using different methods, have similar findings. At the same time, we know the importance of omega-3s in human development and we know that Americans do not eat enough omega-3 in their diet. Should we be surprised by these findings?" asked Vannice.

Supplementing with high quality, concentrated and purified omega-3 fish oil supplements is a convenient way to get omega-3s during pregnancy. "The message is simple", says Vannice, "if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, then supplement. The most important consideration is choosing a guaranteed, purified fish oil product."

About NourishLife:
NourishLife (http://www.NourishLifePPP.com) intends to contribute to a major improvement in health and wellness by addressing nutritional deficiencies. The firm expects its work to help significantly reduce healthcare costs. Founded by nutrition industry veterans, the firm employs expert scientists and nutritionists committed to science and passionate about health.

The PharmaOmega division of NourishLife (http://www.PharmaOmega.com ) is the web's premier source of omega-3 information, research and news. PharmaOmega creates specialty omega 3 nutrition products of the highest concentration, quality and purity.

NourishLife is a privately held company located in the Chicago area.

About Gretchen Vannice:
Gretchen Vannice, MS, RD has an extensive career in nutrition education and dietary supplement research. For the past 6 years Ms. Vannice's work has focused exclusively on evidence and safety regarding Omega-3 fatty acids and human health. She is currently Manager of Scientific Affairs for NourishLife, LLC. Vannice is a Registered Dietitian (American Dietetic Association), with a Master of Science in Nutritional Science.

Ms. Vannice is available for phone and email interviews on request.

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