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The Science Behind Seafood's Health Benefits

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European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The effect of fish and omega-3 LCPUFA intake on low birth weight in Indian pregnant women

Authors: S. Muthayya, et al. / Journal: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2009


Nearly a third of babies born in India are low birth weight (LBW). Researchers followed 676 women there to explore if low seafood consumption is a risk factor for LBW. Women who did not eat fish during the third trimester had a significantly higher risk of LBW. One possible reason for this is the omega-3s fatty acids in fish may speed up how fast a baby grows by increasing blood flow to the placenta.