Fish Oil May Protect the Youngest Hearts
By Serena Gordon
Omega-3 fatty acids -- good fats found in fish -- can boost the heart health of adults, but a new study suggests that babies might also stand to benefit from them.
In the study from Australia, infants were given a daily fish oil supplement or a placebo from birth to 6 months. When they were 5 years old, researchers found that the children who had been given fish oil had smaller waists than the youngsters who were given a placebo. A larger waist circumference is a known risk factor for heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.