This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Fish And Omega-3s Benefit Children, Regardless Of Mercury Exposure

DENVER, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), namely DHA and EPA, may improve children's learning and development. In addition, the benefits of consuming fish, which contain omega-3s, outweigh the risk of mercury exposure. These findings and more are summarized in the December 2012 PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life e-newsletters for health professionals and consumers, respectively.

In a British study, DHA supplementation was associated with higher reading scores in 7- to 9-year-old children with the lowest scores at the outset. After taking DHA from algae for 16 weeks, those in the lowest 20 percentile showed significant gains in reading. For the lowest 10 percent group, the gain was about 50 percentile.

"This study suggests that for a modest investment in nutrition and time, children with the greatest reading difficulties might be able to boost their reading ability substantially," says PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life Editor Joyce Nettleton, D.Sc. "Such an achievement might also improve self-esteem and school performance."

A study in the Seychelles showed that greater maternal fish consumption during pregnancy was associated with higher language scores in the 5-year-old offspring in spite of exposure to mercury. Higher blood DHA levels in the mother during pregnancy were also significantly associated with higher total language and verbal ability scores in the children.

"While the Seychelles mothers' hair mercury levels are 12 times higher than in the U.S., their children do not experience developmental deficits," Nettleton says. "This shows that the benefits of maternal fish consumption during pregnancy far outweigh the risks to their children from mercury exposure. In fact, high levels of DHA from fish may benefit their children's language abilities."

Investigators in Boston, U.S., looked at the possible association between prenatal mercury exposure and ADHD-like behaviors in children eight years later. The researchers tested the children of women living close to a contaminated harbor. The children were given neuropsychological tests that reflect ADHD symptoms. Risk of higher scores was significantly reduced for children whose mothers ate more than two meals of fish per week, even when accounting for exposure to mercury. These children also had higher mental processing speeds and improved distractibility scores.

"This study reconfirms that the benefits of eating fish considerably outweigh the potential risks from exposure to contaminants," Nettleton concludes.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,630.27 +189.68 1.09%
S&P 500 2,093.25 +25.61 1.24%
NASDAQ 5,089.2060 +49.43 0.98%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs