An Emory University study published online on August 1 in Pediatrics
suggests consuming Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps protects babies against illness during early infancy.
The randomized, placebo-controlled trial followed approximately 1,100 pregnant women and 900 infants in Mexico. The women were supplemented daily with 400 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) supplements in the algal form or placebo from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth.
Researchers found those whose mothers took DHA supplements had fewer colds and shorter illnesses at one, three and six months of age.Omega 3 fatty acids have protective benefits when taken during pregnancy, study suggests