There is growing and powerful evidence of the importance of Omega 3 on brain function and brain development. Pregnant women must watch this Omega 3 video

There is much emerging evidence about the importance of a good supply of the Omega3 fats to proper brain function. Not just to proper brain function in adults but also, and critically, to proper brain development and development of mental function in children.

Here is a fascinating video from Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, lead clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Public Health. For many years he has been involved in investigating the role of the Omega 3 fatty acids on brain function and mental disorders such as depression.

He was a speaker at the Integrative Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. You can find out more about the background of Dr Hibbeln and in particular his role in investigating the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in psychiatric disorders here where you can also view some of his publications.

This video is essential viewing for anyone who is interested in or trying to understand the importance of an adequate supply of Omega 3 fatty acids on brain function, mental development in children and the role of Omega 3 in various mental disorders.Omega 3 and brain function in children

The critical function of Omega 3 fats during pregnancy

In the video Dr Hibbeln talks about a range of things including the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy and the role of the Omega 3 fats on the development of the infant brain, and he also discusses the result of an inadequate supply of Omega 3 for young children resulting in “impaired or sub optimal neuro development in children”.

For pregnant women or women considering becoming pregnant this video is a must see video. In particular Dr Hibbeln deals with a question on the mind of many pregnant women. Should they be eating fish following the FDA advisory about Mercury in fish?

Extremely important is to note Dr Hibbelns statement that “eating less than 12 ounces of fish a week caused a nutritional deficiency and nearly doubled the risk that the children would have low verbal IQ by the age of 8”.

And he considers that the FDA advisory actually causes harm rather than prevents it, because a nutritional deficiency in the Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy can have the results stated above.

This adds to our discussion recently about the question, is fish good for you? Taking the views of Dr Hibbeln into account it would seem clear that there are powerful reasons to eat fish, or as Dr Hibbeln notes in the video, to keep up your supplies of Omega 3 with supplements, and that people, and in particular pregnant women, should not avoid eating fish because of the FDA advisory.

Take the time and watch the whole video. Particularly if you’re a pregnant woman it might be one of the most important things you do.

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