(Mirror Daily, United States) – We all know that our diets are of great importance to our bodies. And most of us probably know that our diets are of great importance to our children. It’s not only important to refrain from consuming certain products, but it also matters what you eat when you’re pregnant. According to a new study from Spain, a fish rich diet during pregnancy leads to smarter children.
The research was performed at a university in Spain, and it ascertained the fact that pregnant women that eat fish three times a week give birth to children with a much better than average brain health.
Looking at over 2000 mothers for five years and 9 months, from the moment of conception to when the children turned 5 years old, the team of scientists looked at the connection between the mothers’ diets and the neurological health and strength of their children.
As it turns out, the mothers which included three meals a week consisting of sardines, tuna, salmon, and even other seafood were found to produce offspring with an above average brain strength and health.
On the other hand, the mothers that didn’t include fish in their diets ended up giving birth to healthy kids, although they didn’t show the levels of intelligence and psychological health showed by their fish eating counterparts.
In a different study, this one from Japan, a team of researchers fed a bunch of pregnant mice a diet rich in omega-6, but poor in omega-3 – which is present in fish – in order to simulate the omega fatty acid intake of a regular human that doesn’t really eat fish.
It turns out that the rats fed the diets poor in omega-3 birthed offspring with smaller brains and that later showed some sort of abnormal behaviors.
Since the brains are pretty much fully integrated into our bodies at birth, it’s very important that we provide the necessary dietary provisions to out babies, especially while in the womb, in order to allow them a full and healthy development.
This brings in the problem with the standard American diet, which prefers omega-6 to omega-3 by a ratio of 16:1.
These omega fatty acids found in fish and other seafood are very important to a healthy infant development.
Researchers simply advise pregnant women to try to eat more fish during their pregnancies, preferably closer to the European diet, which includes 5 to 21 ounces of fish every week, than the American diet, which includes 8 to 12.
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