DHA Supplementation and Pregnancy Outcomes
The project seeks to determine whether prenatal nutritional supplementation to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) affects developmental outcomes related to intelligence and school readiness. DHA is a member of the omega-3 fatty acid family; it is found in all cell membranes, and is accumulated in especially large quantities in the retina and brain. The possibility that nutritional compounds may have long-term implications for meaningful measures that bear on cognitive-intellectual development and on measures that are directly related to or predictive of school achievement would have enormous implications for the formulation of public policy on prenatal nutrition.
John Colombo, Ph.D.
Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
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