HealthWatch: Omega 3 Acids May Protect Newborn’s Overall Health

NEW YORK (CBS) – Omega 3 fatty acid during pregnancy can help development of a baby’s brain and nervous systems, but it may also add to their overall health.

Now a study in Pediatrics finds that Omega 3 fatty acid or DHA is also giving babies extra protection for the first six months of life.

Researchers looked at 800 babies whose moms took DHA supplements and found they were less likely to get colds, fevers, coughs and have less difficulty breathing.

Babies who did get sick fought off symptoms faster.

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