Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Fish Intake By Pregnant Mothers Linked To ADHD
Children's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life may be tied to how much fish their pregnant mothers ate, according to US new study. Researchers writing in the Archives of Paderiatics and Adolescent Mdedicines found that eating of two servings per week of fish was linked to about 60 % lower risks of children developing certain ADHD- like symptoms. But, elevated levels of mercury, which can also come from eatinmg more fish, depending on the fish, were tied to higher risks of developing the symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness. " The really important message is to eat fish," said Sharon Sagiv the lead author of the study from Boston University School of Public Health. "Just stay away from the mercury -containing fish beacause these protective effects are pretty important". Sagiv said it is best to stay away from "big fishes" such as tuna and swordfish, which typically contain the most mercury, stick to haddock and solomon.