Omega-3 Still Surprises Researchers

Scientists have been uncovering the many health benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids for decades now and they are continuing to find more ways it helps the body. According to Bob Gibson, the director of the FOODplus Research Centre and the professor of Functional Food Science (University of Adelaide), there are more discoveries to be made. Bob has performed extensive research into how babies benefit from omega-3 fatty acids.

Fatty Acids  in Breast MilkProfessor Gibson published a paper about the fatty acids in the breast milk of humans in the 1980s. Bob Gibson along with his colleagues made the discovery first that babies feeding on breast milk receive omega-3 fatty acids and showed higher brain development than those babies feeding on formula. The formulas did not have fatty acids EPA and DHA at that time included in them. This discovery led to the essential fatty acids being added to the commercial baby formulas.

Bob Gibson along with his colleagues have kept on researching into how crucial essential fatty acids area to the development and health of the babies as well as the mothers' health. They have especially concentrated on DHA. This research included the results of DHA supplementation with pregnant mothers and those breastfeeding on the body fat mass, insulin sensitivity, and allergy and asthma in kids. (Learn more about how your kids can benefit from fish oil)

In 2012, Bob Gibson published results of a study showed that even one gram of omega-3 fatty acids consumed each day is sufficient for preventing a number of allergies as in egg allergies.

"Although I've been working in this field for more than 30 years, I'm constantly astounded by the discoveries we're making. Just when you think you have found everything there is to find, we realize there is more and more that science can uncover. We're discovering things now about omega-3 that we suspected but never had evidence for - and it's every bit as exciting to be working in this field today as it was 30 years ago," Bob says.

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