Major brain growth occurs during the second trimester of pregnancy and continues through the first two years of life. So, this is the phase when the need for DHA is greatest for your baby. DHA has a direct impact on brain development. It is as important for baby’s brain as calcium is to the bones. Optimal brain development will depend on the level of DHA which is there in your body.
The highest concentration of Omega-3 DHA in the human body is in the retina. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that infants whose mothers ensure good DHA levels from their fourth month of pregnancy until delivery were less likely to have below-average visual acuity at 2 months of age than infant girls whose mothers did not receive the omega-3 supplements.
Omega-3 DHA is one of the primary fatty acids and is very important in the formation of the cellular membranes of nerve cells. If DHA is in short supply, the structural and functional integrity of the nerve cell is compromised. A number of studies demonstrate that newborns supplemented with DHA exhibit improved brain development, which allows them to process information more rapidly thereby resulting in a balanced Cognitive Development.
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