“I think a lot of us have been skeptical that something as easy as taking a DHA supplement would improve neurologic development,” said Dr. William Barth Jr., chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “I wish it were so simple, that there was a pill we could take to make our children smarter.”
He said more research was needed, but for now, “I think the market is running way out in front of the science.”
Research generally shows some important health benefits related to fetal uptake of maternal dietary DHA, but increased IQ no longer appears to be one of them. At least increasing one’s intake of fish oil has few if any downsides for either mother or fetus.
I was always a bit sceptical of this one, although I take fish oil supplements for other reasons (I bruise extremely easily, and fish oil does seem to make that a lot less nasty, plus it makes for less dry skin on elbows and heels). But I’ve just come back from 3 weeks in Europe where I didn’t take my supplements with me but I was eating a balanced “Mediterranean” diet, and my skin condition is the best it’s been in years.
Makes you think.