1st March 2012: High dose omega-3 may benefit early communicative development

While no overall benefits of the high dose omega-3 supplements were observed for neurodevelopmental skills in the infants, data from the University of Western Australia suggests that the omega-3 supplement may benefit early communicative development.

The researchers recruted 420 healthy term infants and randomly assigned them to receive a DHA-enriched fish oil supplement or olive oil for the first 6 months of their lives. Neurodevelopment assesesments using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development were carried out when the toddlers were 18 months old.  

The research was published online ahead of print.  Meldrum et al. British Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.2027/S0007114511006878

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