Omega 3s During Pregnancy Could Help Childhood Depression

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Omega 3s are an important part of everyone’s diet, fighting off heart disease and some cancers. New research may show that taking omega 3s during pregnancy could also help children with depression.

An international team of nutritionists and neuroscientists looked at how omega 3s affects rats during pregnancy. For the study, a group of rats were fed a diet that was lacking in omega 3 fatty acids. The offspring of these rats were then studied for neural deficiencies.

The infant rats seemed to be lacking a type of neuron, called a cannabinoid receptor. Without this receptor, many of the rats displayed signs of depression The researchers believe the same thing could happen to humans. This makes omega 3s an important factor in humans at every stage of growth and development.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in meat, fish, eggs, flaxseed oil and milk obtained from grass-fed cows. Eating a well rounded diet that is rich in these foods during pregnancy could be an important part of reducing a child’s later risk of developing depression. Childhood depression is a growing concern among many health care officials.

Omega 3s are a type of polyunsaturated fats that aid in brain development during pregnancy and in young children. Without this important fat, brain development seems to be limited in negative ways. – Summer, staff writer

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Summer is a mom of three, living life in the slow lane along historic Route 66. She writes, homeschools, gardens, and is still trying to learn how to knit.

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