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1 DHA -a precursor to geniuses? (Journal Review) Annaliza Chandrasegar 13 –

2 There are three major omega-3 fatty acids:  Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)  Eicosaentaenoic acid (EPA)  Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ALA  parent omega-3  cannot be produced by the body. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system (CNS) – Implications for dietary recommendations, Philippe Guesnett and Jean-Marc Alessandri

3 Recommended Dosages Adults (some DHA from Diet) 100mg daily Pregnant & Breast- feeding 200mg daily Children 100mg daily Adults (little DHA from Diet) 200mg Daily

4 DHA highly unsaturated LCP -Lots of gaps - Missing Hydrogen atoms gaps make DHA very flexible Synapses - membranes surrounding each synapse – Fluid state Brain cells rich in DHA communicate quickly When DHA is in short supply nerve cell membranes become less flexible and less efficient in passing on electrical and chemical messages speed of communication between one brain cell and another is slowed

5 development of a baby’s eyes and brain last three months of pregnancy placenta extracts it from the mother’s own blood baby’s levels of DHA are twice as high as his mother’s If maternal levels of DHA are low obtained from the mother’s richest store - her own brain slight shrinkage (2% - 3%) in maternal brain size poor concentration, forgetfulness and vagueness newborn baby is unable to produce DHA from essential fatty acids until he is at least 4 months old

6 Why DHA for Infants? Deposition of DHA in early development Retinal Health Neuro- Development Respiratory Health

7 DHA, the end-product of the  -3 series, is the predominant fatty acid of membrane phospholipids in the brain grey matter and in the retina of mammals 1,2 DHA takes account for about 25% (wt%) of total fatty acids in the human cerebral cortex. for more than 30% in the whole retina, and up to 60% in the discs of the rod photoreceptor cells. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system (CNS) – Implications for dietary recommendations, Philippe Guesnett and Jean-Marc Alessandri [1] L.Lauritzen, H.S.Hansen, M.H.Jørgensen, K.F.Michaelsen, The essentiality of long chain n-3 fatty acids in relation to development and function of the brain and retina.Prog.LipidRes.40(2001)1-94. [2] J.M.Alessandri, P.Guesnet, S.Vancassel et al., Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the central nervous system: evolution of concepts and nutritional implications throughout life.Reprod.Nutr.Dev.44(2004)

8 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in the Growth and Development of the Brain and Memory, U. N. Das, MD, FAMS, Nutrition 19:62– 65, 2003

9 LCPUFA supplemented infants tend to maintain their plasma and erythrocyte phospholipid DHA concentrations at birth levels 1,and show improved visual 2,3 and developmental outcomes (mental and psychomotor) 4. L.G. Smithers et al. DINO trial/ Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 79 (2008) 141–146 [1] G. Boehm, M. Borte, H.J. Bohles, H. Muller, G. Kohn, G. Moro, Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid content of serum and red blood cell membrane phospholipids of preterm infants fed breast milk, standard formula or formula supplemented with n-3 and n-6 long- chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, Eur. J. Pediatr. 155 (1996) 410–416. [2] E. Birch, D. Birch, D.R. Hoffman, R. Uauy, Dietary essential fatty acid supply and visual acuity development, Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 33 (1992) 3242–3253. [3] D.L. O’Connor, R. Hall, D. Adamkin, et al., Growth and development in preterm infants fed long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: a prospective randomized controlled trial, Pediatrics 108 (2001) 359–371. [4] M.T. Clandinin, J.E. Van Aerde, K.L. Merkel, et al., Growth and development of preterm infants fed infant formulas containing docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid, J. Pediatr. 146 (2005) 461–468.


11 A large corpus of data is in favor of the recommendation of regular dietary intakes of DHA(during at least the first 6 months of life ) and suggest that DHA should be added in formulas at the level generally found in human milk ( wt% of total fatty acids) P.Guesnet, J.M.Alessandri, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system(CNS) Implications for dietary...,Biochimie (2010),doi: /j.biochi

12 The deposition of DHA in human brain phospholipids occurs primarily during the foetal period of active neurogenesis and cell maturation(from the sixth month of pregnancy/third trimester) and the early post- natal period of development of intense synaptogenesis, and continues during at least the first two years of life. P.Guesnet, J.M.Alessandri, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system(CNS) Implications for dietary...,Biochimie (2010),doi: /j.biochi

13 The prenatal period represents a critical window for brain membrane biogenesis and for neurodevelopment. Dietary  -3 PUFA, supplied in adequate proportion with  -6 PUFA, are thus crucial throughout the pre- and post-natal periods for the cerebral accretion of DHA, and are determining for early neurodevelopment. P.Guesnet, J.M.Alessandri, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system(CNS) Implications for dietary...,Biochimie (2010),doi: /j.biochi

14 RETINAL FUNCTION Deficiency of PUFA : Based on a clinical trial, Significant abnormalities In the development of visual functions were observed in formula-fed(low PUFA) premature infants comparatively to breast-fed premature infants. The electro-retinogram thresholds of rod cells was increased after 6 wk of feeding (i.e.36 wk post conception) and were normalized 20 wk later (57 wk post conception) indicating a delay in photo-receptor maturation 1,2 More over, lower visual acuities measured by visual-evoked potential(VEP) and by the preferential-looking methods were detected 3 Similar abnormalities in visual acuities measured at 57 wk post-conception were also reported in full-term infants fed during 4 months of formula low in n-3 PUFA 3. Results/ conclusion : In preterm infants, feeding with DHA-enriched formulas resulted (in most cases) In better early visual development outcomes than feeding with standard formulas containing only a-LNA 4 Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system (CNS) – Implications for dietary recommendations, Philippe Guesnett and Jean-Marc Alessandri [1] R.D.Uauy, D.G.Birch, E.E.Birch, J.E.Tyson, D.R.Hoffman, Effect of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on retinal function of very-low-birth-weight neonates. Pediatr. Res.28(1990) [2] D.G.Birch, E.E.Birch, D.R.Hoffman, R.D.Uauy, Retinal development in very- low-birth-weight infants fed diets differing in omega-3fattya cids.Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis.Sci.33(1992) [3] E.E.Birch, D.G.Birch, D.R.Hoffman, R.Uauy, Dietary essential fatty acid supply and visual acuity development.Invest.Ophthalmol.Vis.Sci.33(1992) [4] J.P.SanGiovanni, S.Parra-Cabrera, G.A.Colditz, C.S.Berkey, J.T.Dwyer, Meta- analysis of dietary essential fatty acids and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as they relate to visual resolution acuity in healthy preterm infants. Pediatrics 105(2000)

15 RESPIRATORY HEALTH The objectives of this double-blind, randomized study among US toddlers below age of 3 were to: (A)Determine usual DHA intakes, (B)Measure the effect of consuming formulas with DHA on red blood cell(rbc)and plasma DHA and (C)Record adverse events in US children between 18 and 36months of age. Children aged 18–36months were provided 237-ml formula with 0, 43, or 130mg DHA per day for 60days. Blood was obtained at 0and 60days and24-hour dietary recalls at 0, 30 and 60days. Usual median daily DHA intake was13.3mg. RBC DHA increased in a dose-dependent manner with increasing DHA intake(p=0.05). Toddlers consuming the formula with 130mg DHA per day have fewer adverse events (p=0.007) and a lower incidence of respiratory illness(p=0.024), compared to the formula without DHA. Modest increases in DHA intake in toddlers might improve development, including respiratory health. Laura M. Minns et al, Toddler formula supplemented with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves DHA status and respiratory health in a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of US children less than 3 years of age, Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 82 (2010) 287–293.

16 NEURODEVELOPMENT Some clinical studies have also evidenced lower performance on mental development(Bayley MDI score) at 12months of age in preterm infants fed standard formulas compared to infants fed DHA- supplemented formulas. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system (CNS) – Implications for dietary recommendations, Philippe Guesnett and Jean-Marc Alessandri: S.E.Carlson, S.H.Werkman, J.M.Peeples, W.M.Wilson, Long-chain fatty acids and early visual and cognitive development of preterm infants. Eur.J.Clin. Nutr. 48(1994)S27-S30.

17 Some studies suggest that babies of women with higher DHA consumption during pregnancy may have better mental, visual, social and motor development than babies of women with lower DHA consumption (2). A Norwegian study  4-year-old children of women who received DHA supplements during pregnancy and lactation  scored higher on tests of intelligence than babies of un- supplemented women (6).

18 A study in Great Britain  women who didn’t eat any fish during pregnancy were 48 percent more likely than women who ate at least 12 ounces of fish a week to have a child with low verbal IQ scores (7).  However, it is unclear whether the benefits of eating more than 12 ounces of fish a week (which exceeds the current U.S. recommendations) outweighs the potential risks of higher levels of mercury exposure. One recent study also found that children of women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy were less likely to have developed asthma by age 16, possibly due to the effect of omega-3s on the immune system (8). 12 ounces = grams

19 Studies show that premature infants ( addition of omega-3s in formula -> improvements in visual function and mental development (9, 10). The American Dietetic Association recommends  full-term and premature infants who are not breastfed be fed a formula containing DHA and other omega-3s for at least the first year of life (10).

20 Pregnant and breastfeeding women :200 mg DHA OD (2).  2 servings of fish, including fatty fish, per week (2). Fish are good sources of DHA because of what they eat in the wild. Farm-raised fish may not contain DHA unless they are fed foods rich in DHA.

21 Pregnant women should avoid fish that can be high in mercury,  shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish (5). Women can safely eat up to 12 ounces of fish that have small amounts of mercury (5). Women who do not want to eat fish can look for other sources of DHA, such as fortified foods.  Daily supplements of DHA. A pregnant woman, however, should always check with her health care provider before taking any supplements.

22 Flaxseed Walnuts Soybeans Canola oil Pumpkin seeds Dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach and salad greens Cold water fish/fatty fish (such as salmon, herring, sardines and fresh-water trout, tuna, anchovies ) Organ meats (such as calf’s liver). Fortified foods (such as milk, juice, bread and yogurt) Supplements containing fish oil or algae oil.

23 The "Alternative Medicine Review" journal outlines the dosage of DHA per 100gm of fish or seafood.  Mackerel contains 2,500mg.  Herring supplies 1,700mg.  Chinook salmon and anchovy provide 1,400mg.  Rainbow trout furnishes 500mg.  Pacific halibut contains 400mg.  Cod, shrimp and catfish supply 300mg. Researchers found that intake of olive oil with omega- 3 fatty acids in fish oil increases the amount supplied to tissues in the body, according to the journal "Poultry Science.”

24 It has been shown that alterations in dopamine neurotransmission, spatial learning memory performance and electro-retinograms in the offspring, which result from n-3 deficiency in mothers, maybe irreversible even though an n-3 fatty acid diet is given to deficient animals at weaning, and even though the DHA content in brain and retina is totally recovered 1,2 P.Guesnet, J.M.Alessandri, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system(CNS) Implications for dietary...,Biochimie (2010),doi: /j.biochi [1] E.Kodas,S.Vancassel,B.Lejeune,D.Guilloteau,S.Chalon,Reversibilityofn-3 fatty acid deficiency-induced changes in dopaminergic neurotransmission in rats: critical role of developmentalstage.J.LipidRes.43(2002)1209e1219. [2] W.L.Chung, J.J.Chen,H.M.Su,Fish oil supplementation of control and(n-3) fatty acid-deficient male rats enhances reference and working memory performance and increases brain regional docosahexaenoic acid levels.J.Nutr. 138 (2008)1165e1171.

25 Post-mortem analysis showed that the DHA concentration regularly increased in the cerebral cortex of breast-fed infants, but not in formula-fed infants, its concentration after 48 wk was 30% lower in the formula- fed infants compared to those who had been breast-fed. Brain of the formula-fed infant consuming adequate intake of a-LNA(and no DHA)during the first 6 months of life accumulates DHA at half the rate of the breast-fed infant’s brain (450mgvs.905mg) More over in formula-fed infants, the other organs (liver, adipose and lean tissues) lost about 1g of DHA, whereas the same amount of body DHA is gained in breast-fed infants. P.Guesnet, J.M.Alessandri, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the developing central nervous system(CNS) Implications for dietary...,Biochimie (2010),doi: /j.biochi

26 The size of a baby’s brain, and its head circumference are linked to its blood levels of DHA during the first year of life. By the age of nine months after birth, babies fed on mother’s milk (which contains DHA) or formula enriched with DHA seem to have significantly better visual acuity /cognition/respiratory health than baby’s receiving formula that does not contain DHA. So yeah!..maybe

27 1. U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture. The Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Koletzko, B., et al., for the Perinatal Lipid Intake Working Group. Consensus Statement: Dietary Fat Intakes for Pregnant and Lactating Women. British Journal of Nutrition, volume 98, 2007, pages Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health. Last updated, 10/28/05, accessed 3/30/ American Dietetic Association. DHA: A Good Fat. Nutrition Fact Sheet, accessed 3/30/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish. Accessed 4/2/ Helland, I.B., et al. Maternal Supplementation with Very-Long-Chain n-3 Fatty Acids During Pregnancy and Lactation Augments Children’s IQ at 4 Years of Age. Pediatrics, volume 111, number 1, January 2003, pages e39-e Hibbeln, J.R., et al. Maternal Seafood Consumption in Pregnancy and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Childhood (ALSPAC Study): An Observational Cohort Study. The Lancet, volume 369, February 17, 2007, pages Olsen, S.F. Fish Oil Intake Compared to Olive Oil Intake in Late Pregnancy and Asthma in the Offspring: 16 Years of Registry-Based Follow-Up from a Randomized Trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volume 88, 2008, pages Makrides, M. Outcomes for Mothers and Their Babies: Do n-3 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Seafoods Make a Difference? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, volume 108, number 10, October 2008, pages American Dietetic Association. Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Dietary Fatty Acids. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, volume 107, number 9, September 2007, pages American Heart Association. Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids: AHA Recommendations. Accessed 3/30/ Olsen, S.F., et al. Duration of Pregnancy in Relation to Seafood Intake During Early and Mid Pregnancy: Prospective Cohort. European Journal of Epidemiology, volume 21, 2006, pages Oken, E., et al. Associations of Maternal Fish Intake During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Duration with Attainment of Developmental Milestones in Early Childhood: A Study from the Danish National Birth Cohort. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volume 88, 2008, pages

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