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Consuming Omega-3 supplements during pregnancy enhances fetal iron metabolism and prevents deficiencies in the newborn

Research carried out by scientists from the University of Granada and Kings College London shows that maternal DHA supplementation could help preventing or reducing the risk of the newborn suffering from anemia.

Research has proven for the first time that maternal supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid DHA an omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fatty acid enhances fetal iron metabolism thanks to a greater expression of key genes regulating its transfer through the placenta. This research has been carried out by scientists from the University of Granada UGR and Kings College London, in collaboration with the infant and maternity hospitals from Granada and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria along with the dairy company LactalisPuleva.

This multidisciplinary work  published in the renowned Journal of Functional Foods magazine, has proven that in addition to helping in an early brain development  DHA supplementation is also related to iron metabolism in newborn babies. Moreover it improves iron reserves before birth and helps preventing future postnatal deficiencies and the damage this could cause to the babys cognitive development.

In order to carry out their study  the researchers worked with a sample of 110 healthy pregnant women who gave

  Consuming Omega-3 supplements during pregnancy enhances fetal iron metabolism and prevents deficiencies in the newborn
 
 
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