DHA is an omega 3 fatty acid naturally found in breast milk and fish oil. It promotes the development and function of the brain and is primarily obtained through food and is transferred from the mother to the fetus via the placenta. Supplementation is recommended to achieve the optimal levels of DHA, especially for pregnant women and in early childhood.
dose response DHA and birthweight
DHA and improved brain development in preterm child
Brain development in preterm babies is improved by higher levels of DHA. In addition, this study (published May 2016) found lower early DHA levels to be associated with lower socioeconomic status, suggesting pre-existing and ongoing effects of maternal diet. More...
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A supplement with at least 100-200 mg DHA per day in pregnant women contributes to the normal development of the brain and eyes of the unborn child. This is an official European directive. Download PDF
DHA levels modulate immune response during pregnancy