24 Apr 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: A research conducted by scientists at the University of Kansas revealed that increased dietary intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) by pregnant mothers supports the development of infants in the womb.
The study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included 350 women and was designed to assess whether an increased intake of DHA during the prenatal period could increase gestation duration and birth size.
Principal investigator of the study Dr Susan E Carlson, professor of nutrition, University of Kansas, said that, "The supplementation of DHA resulted in an overall longer gestation period as well as greater infant size. This appears to be due to significant reduction in early preterm and very-low birth weight infants."
Dr Carlson also presented results from the DHA intake and measurement of neutral development clinical trial, which indicated that DHA provides developmental benefits for children up to six years of age.