Is fish brain food?
(HealthDayNews) -- Eating fish can enhance your baby's intelligence, particularly before and just after he or she is born.
A study from the University of Connecticut found that some fish are high in a certain chemical that's vital to brain and nerve cell growth in fetuses and newborns.
The research reports that babies can't make enough docahexanoic -- or DHA, a fatty acid that helps the brain develop, so they must take whatever their mothers give them, either through the umbilical cord or by breast-feeding after they're born.
Women who eat cold-water species, like salmon, trout, sardines and tuna, give their babies a better chance of maximizing brain-tissue development.. Other fish high in the chemical are herring, swordfish and mackerel.
And by the way, baby formula doesn't do it. It's not fortified with DHA.