Mackerel for pregnant women

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Women who eat oily fish while pregnant have childrenwith better
visual development, a major study suggests. The finding, by
researchers at Bristol...

Women who eat oily fish while pregnant have childrenwith better visual development, a major study suggests. The finding, by researchers at Bristol University, found the benefit among women who ate oily fish as little as once a fortnight. Researchers also found that women who breastfed their children also found their eyesight increased faster than normal. They suggested that proteins found in breast milk and oily fish speed brain development in children. The study looked at more than 400 children aged three-and-a-half as part of the "Children of the 90s" project, which is studying more than 14,000 local children. The ingredient of oily fish which is thought to provide the benefit is DHA, a fatty acid which is an essential building block of nerve cell membranes in the brain. Oily fish is thought to be the richest dietary source of DHA. Breast milk also contains DHA, although formula milk does not. Full findings are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Source:BBC

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