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Pregnant Women Should Eat Fish To Improve Their Babies' Brain Development

Update Date: Jan 19, 2016 11:37 AM EST
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If you are carrying a baby, then eat plenty of fish, which would improve and enhance your baby's brain, according to the latest study  by scientists at the Tohoku University's School of Medicine.

As dietary lipid is composed of fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3, which are essential nutrients for both humans and animals, the scientists discovered that it is important to consume a balanced amount of lipids for the normal brain function of a foetus.

Researchers found that female mice given a diet of omega-6-rich/omega-3-poor diet had offsprings with smaller brains and showed signs of "abnormal emotional behaviour" when they became adults.

Brain abnormality in the babies of the mice was also due to "premature aging fetal neural stem cells" producing brain cells. Imbalance of oxides of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids caused the premature aging. The offspring also showed high levels of anxiety.

It is necessary for mice to take balanced omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to improve their brains' growth and development. By consuming adequate amounts of fish, their health can be improved, according to the scientists.

The study was published in Stem Cells.

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