Expensive pregnancy vitamins that contain fish oils have no effect on the brain development or IQ of children, researchers say. A new long-term study follo - From iNews
The researchers, led by a team at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, concluded: “The sale of prenatal supplements with DHA continues to increase, despite little evidence of benefit to offspring neurodevelopment.” Experts said women should focus on taking the single vitamins, which are available for a few pence per day, recommended by the NHS.
These are folic acid in the first three months of pregnancy, and vitamin D.
Dr Virginia Beckett, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “We agree with the authors that, for most women, a healthy diet along with taking supplements of folic acid prior to conception and during the first 12 weeks of gestation, and a supplement of vitamin D throughout pregnancy and if breastfeeding, is enough to give their child the best start in life.” A spokeswoman for the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA), which represents the industry, said: “This single study fails to reflect the huge body of positive evidence showing the importance of DHA for cognitive function, including a meta-analysis of multiple studies, carried out in 2013, where the authors concluded that supplementation with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as DHA raised the intelligence levels of young children.
Professor Russell Viner, officer for Health Promotion at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “This study adds further weight to existing advice that pregnant women should aim to have a healthy balanced diet, avoid excess weight gain, plus take supplements that are proven to be beneficial, such as folate.” We know that sometimes it’s easier for us to come to you with the news.
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