DHA during Pregnancy
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids play a very important role in the development of the brain function and vision during the nurturing period when the baby is inside the womb and also during breastfeeding.
A daily intake of at least 200 mg of DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding are recommended by the German Association for Nutrition and the European Association of Perinatal Medicine.
More recent studies show that children’s brains develop better when adequate DHA is present.
In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) comes to the conclusion that when mothers consume a sufficient amount of DHA, the IQ of their child can improve by up to 5.8 points.1
1FAO/WHO: Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on the Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption (2011)