Fish Oil Supplements Hardly Of Any Use During Pregnancy, Study Says

October 21st, 2010 - 9:16 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
PregnancyOct 21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Pregnant women are often given the advice to have fish oil supplements which are believed to accentuate brain development in the unborn baby while also helping the mother-to-be to ward off post-natal depression. However, the findings of a new study point out otherwise which says that having fish oil pills hardly have an affect on pregnant women when it comes to improve brain development in babies as well as dealing with post-natal depression. The startling revelations of the research came to light when it was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study was conducted by researchers of the University of Adelaide in which an estimated 2400 expecting mothers from five maternity hospitals across Australia were taken into consideration between the year 2005 to 2009. Following the research, it was concluded that there was no difference in pregnant women who were took fish oil capsules in comparison to those who did not when it comes to post-natal depression. At the same time, the study also failed to point out any significant difference in the cognitive growth of babies in the two groups of expecting mothers.

While revealing details of the research, Professor Maria Makrides, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Adelaide and the lead author of the study stated that the recommendations to increase the intake of omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy is made without taking into consideration any sound evidence. The results are of the research are in sharp contrast to studies that have been carried out in the past that emphasize the importance of taking fish oil during pregnancy.

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