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The level of Omega-3 and folic acid during pregnancy and the child’s behaviour

Folic acid (B9) ensures the normal development of the foetus’ central nervous system both during the first weeks of pregnancy, when the neural tube is created 1, and the next trimesters of pregnancy.
The higher the level of Omega-3 in the body of the mother-to-be, the lesser the risk of premature labour. The discovery by scientists with regard to the development of the foetus’ nervous system and the child’s behaviour when they are six years of age is also interesting. According to the observations of scientists, these facts can also be related to the amount of Omega-3 in the mother’s body during pregnancy 2. Folic acid and astaxanthin are the two substances that, taken together with Omega-3 fatty acids, encourage the better absorption of Omega-3 fatty acid in pregnant women 1.

1. Malouf M, Grimley EJ, Areosa SA. Folic acid with or without vitamin B12 for cognition and dementia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD004514.

2. D’Souza V, Chavan-Gautam P, Joshi S.Counteracting oxidative stress in pregnancy through modulation of maternal micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids.Curr Med Chem. 2013;20(37):4777-83.

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