Sunday, April 15, 2012


Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an important food in the brain development of children. DHA is found primarily in fish and breast milk. Not only is DHA required for nerve myelination, but DHA is also involved in synaptic function and signaling. This means that DHA is used in the construction and communication of brain cells. Scientific studies have shown that supplemental DHA causes improvement in learning ability, problem solving and even cognitive ability. Mother's milk contains DHA, whereas all infant formulas in the U.S. contain alpha-linolenic acid as the only omega-3 fatty acid. One study showed that full-term breastfed infants had scores 2.66 points higher cognitive abilities than those fed with formula. The only plant source of DHA is microalgae supplements. It is especially important for pregnant women to get extra DHA to feed the developing nervous system of their child. I feel that behavior and learning disorders like ADHD could be due to inadequate DHA intake during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnant and lactating women, should take at least 300 mg/d of DHA.


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