The effect of docosahexaenoic acid on antenatal foetal development and postnatal child development

Authors: T. Vrána
Authors‘ workplace: Gynekologicko–porodnická klinika, Fakultní nemocnice Brno
Published in: Prakt Gyn 2010; 14(1): 49-50
Category: Unreviewed Post


Docosahexaenoid acid is important for development of the central nervous system in mammals. There is a growth spurt in the human brain during the last trimester of prengnancy and the first postnatal months, with a large increase in the cerebral content of arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoid acid. The fetus and the newborn infant depend on maternal supply of these acids. The child benefits of the high intake of this acid in women during pregnancy and lactation.

Key words:
docosahexaenoid acid –  foetal mental development


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