Fish oil has been believed to support the development of the intelligence of children under five. However, scientific evidence suggests the opposite result. There was no difference in the level of intelligentsia, among children who were given fish oil, and what not, when the child was six years old.
The study which lasted for seven years was announced by Dr. Cristina Campoy from Spain. The results of this research as well as strengthen the evidence of research scientists from Norway recently who also found no differences in IQ levels, among children aged seven years when his mother was pregnant consume fish oil, and which not.
Fatty acids, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in oily fish and some other food sources, including milk, are necessary for fetal growth and development. The problem is, whether pregnant women who took supplements of this nutrient will affect the intelligence of the baby later.
In his research, Campoy also asked the pregnant women who participated in this study consumed fish oil, fish oil and folic acid, folic acid alone, or pills that do not contain nutrients, in two trimesters of pregnancy.
Seven years later, Campoy and his team tested the intelligence of 154 children born to mothers who participated in the study. The result, the children have a comparable level of intelligence, no matter what diasup supplement their mothers.
Despite this, Campoy confirmed that the results of his research is not to prove that fatty acids like DHA are not important. In fact, the researchers found children who at birth have high enough levels of DHA in their blood, have the result of slightly higher intelligence test when they were seven years old.
What I want to emphasize the results of this research is that pregnant mothers do not need to consume fish oil supplements. Adding food sources of omega-3 in the daily diet before and during pregnancy thats enough. In fact, diets rich in omega-3 in the long run far more beneficial than fish oil supplementation during pregnancy.
Other studies on fish oil was published in Australia. They mention fish oil supplements did not improve infant visual function.
The researchers revealed that there are many factors that affect infant growth and development, namely genetic, stimulation, and also nutrition. In other words, if only relying on fish oil to get the smart kids, then the result in vain.