By the age of 7, 14 percent of those children whose mothers ate the least of oily fish during pregnancy had poor social skills and could not make friends easily, compared with 8 percent of those whose mothers had the highest intake.

They observed that when children reached 3-1/2 years of age, they had the best measures of motor performance if their mothers had the highest intake of oily fish during their pregnancies.

The omega-3 fatty acid is an essential and crucial nutrient for brain and eye development. Fishes containing favorable amounts of omega-3 fatty acids are tuna, salmon, mackerel, trout, swordfish, haddock, herring and sardine. With issues arising from pollutants like mercury and dioxin found in these fishes, it has been recommended that two portions of oily fish be taken weekly.

Other good sources are seeds such as flax, pumpkin and hemp. About two tablespoons of seeds taken daily is needed to achieve the beneficial effect. Otherwise choose a good quality omega-3 supplement.

Source: American Chronicle