Post-partum depression linked to DHA deficiency

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND. Mothers selectively transfer docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to their fetus during pregnancy to support optimal neurological development. If the dietary intake of DHA is insufficient to meet the needs of both... Read more »

Post-partum depression and functional DHA status

MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS. About 20% of Dutch women develop post-partum depression shortly after giving birth with the peak incidence reached about 32 weeks post-partum. There is growing evidence of an association between... Read more »

Fatty acid status and post-partum depression

p>MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS. There is substantial evidence that major depression is associated with changes in the fatty acid composition of serum lipids. Researchers have noted that the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids... Read more »

Pilot trial of fish oil for post-partum depression

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Post-partum depression (PPD) affects about 10-15% of mothers in the USA, usually within the first month following delivery. Children of affected mothers may experience impaired attachment and PPD may adversely... Read more »

Mothers’ fish oil supplementation benefits infants

PORTLAND, OREGON. Animal experiments have shown that monkeys born by mothers with low blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) develop impaired vision. There is also evidence that premature human infants fed standard... Read more »

Fish consumption and pregnancy outcome

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. Danish researchers report that women who consume fish or seafood once a week during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy have a 3.6 times lower risk of giving birth to... Read more »

Fish oils improve IQ in children

OSLO, NORWAY. The human brain develops rapidly during the last trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy and the first months following birth. This brain growth depends on an adequate supply of docosahexaenoic acid... Read more »

Fish consumption during pregnancy

BETHESDA, MARYLAND. In 2004 the U.S. government issued guidelines regarding fish consumption for pregnant women. The advice was to limit the consumption of seafood to 340 g per week, the objective being... Read more »

Fish oil supplementation during pregnancy is safe

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA. There is still considerable controversy regarding the role of long chain omega- 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in infant development and little attention has been paid to the requirements of... Read more »

Maternal fish oil supplementation benefits children

PERTH, AUSTRALIA. Normal neuronal and visual development of infants depends on the availability of large amounts of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA). Several studies have shown that maternal supplementation with... Read more »