Omega-3s May Improve Vision, Development in Babies
A recent study suggests that supplementing the diets of both mothers and infants with omega-3 fatty acids may improve vision as well as mental and psychomotor development.
For their analysis, researchers examined data from 38 trials that included mothers, preterm infants, and term infants, for a total of 5,541 participants. The researchers found that omega-3 supplementation was associated with improvements on the mental developmental index in preterm infants and with improvements in visual acuity in preterm and term infants. They also noted a non-significant trend for improvements in visual acuity of infants when the mothers took omega-3 supplements.
Researchers from Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition & Science Policy, the University of Michigan Medical School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health conducted the study. It was published on March 12, 2018, in The Journal of Nutrition.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved mood, improved joint mobility, reducing the risk of age related macular degeneration, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. For people who don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.