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Bigger Better Babies Part 2

By: DAVE WOYNAROWSKI, M.D.
The World's Top Anti-Aging Specialist


In this article we are going to examine the topic of brain development during and immediately after pregnancy as it relates to Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation and surprise surprise, Fish Oil.

I should note that the flax oil people are very unhappy with me because I point out some of the weaknesses in their arguments for using flax.

Here is another one. I have said many times that I would be more enamored of flax oil if there were anywhere near the amount of well done scientific studies to support its use.

There is a wealth of studies about fish oil and fetal development. There is not about flax and fetal development.

Maternal transfer of essential fatty acids to the developing fetus during pregnancy appears to be critical for healthy brain development. In this case Omega 6 fatty acids are also included in "essential" since they cannot be made by the fetus. The assumption is that since most Western diets are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids they are not nearly as likely to be deficient as Omega 3's. The recent study on fetal size and growth points this out. (See yesterday's email).

First let's look at an extension of the brain, the retina. This is the area of the brain where visual data is gathered and transmitted to the visual cortex at the back of the brain.

Fish Oil supplementation appears to improve retinal sensitivity in newborns thus giving them an advantage of better eyesight at least at birth.

Reference: Invest. Opthalmol Vis Sci. 2003 Aug;44 (8) 3685-91.

The next study deals with preterm infants.
Reference Lipids 2003 Apr;38(4);303-15.

And here's another one: Long Chain polyunsaturated Fatty Acids improve cognitive development. J Family Health care 2002;12 (6 supplement):5.

This particular study points out that more and more preterm infants are surviving to school age where more and more Neuro-cognitive defects are being seen. In other words there are more brain damaged children entering our educational systems.



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Undoubtedly this includes some of the more subtle forms of brain damage and developmental issues such as ADHD, dyslexia and milder forms of autism.

Another reference with similar findings is J. Pediatrics 2004 April;144 (4): 471-9. This particular study points out the safety of such supplementation in premee's.

The next study is for me the most important. It demonstrated that proper intake of essential fatty acids specifically with EPA and DHA vs. Omega 6 fatty acids derived in this study from corn oil. I quote, "The children's mental processing score (IQ AND ability to process information sic) correlated significantly with maternal intake of DHA and EPA during pregnancy."

CONCLUSION: maternal intake of very long chain omega 3 fatty acids (PUFAS once again from fish oil sic) during pregnancy and lactation may be favorable for later mental development of children."

How much stronger a recommendation can you get!!!!

Reference Pediatrics 2003 Jan;111 (1) :e 39-44.

A couple of notes here. 1) this was not flax oil!!! The article specifically tested and refers to Long chain Fatty Acids. Flax oil is a short chain Omega 3 that requires conversion to the "Human Form " long chain Omega 3.

Since the Oil is transferred from mother to fetus and newborn via breast milk I urge you to use only the purest Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil if you are going to do the most you can for your baby in this regard!

Please understand that developed humans e.g. adults and seniors have the same requirements for optimum nutrition for brain and eye health. Recall several emails ago I talked about how Fish Oil helps macular degeneration and Alzheimer's.

I have many testimonials from people who are out of childhood in various stages who tell me about the mental clarity, and eyesight benefits they have achieved using my Fish Oil.

In the future we'll address some specific developmental and health problems in children and see how Fish Oil may help you avoid them and the damage they lead to in adulthood.

Copyright 2004

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The FDA has not evaluated all of these statements. This email is for educational purposes only. Always consult your own personal doctor for medical advice and follow it even it contradicts what is said in this article.




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