Mothers Milk DHA

Effects of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid

WRITTEN BY/REVIEWED BY: Martek Biosciences Corporation, Columbia, MD 21045, USA. alryan@martek.com

Omega-3 and omega-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are critical for infant and childhood brain development, but levels of the omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are often low in the Western diet. Increasing evidence from both epidemiological and intervention studies, reviewed here, indicates that DHA supplementation, during pregnancy, lactation, or childhood plays an important role in childhood neuro development. READ MORE