Nutrition for life-long health

These public lectures explore the importance of nutrition at every stage of life – from the health of parents prior to conception and during pregnancy, to the impact of diet and exercise on muscle health in old age.

Can your fish oil cause you harm?

Paediatrician and PhD candidate Dr Ben Albert

Learn more about Dr Ben Albert’s study of fish oil, which many pregnant women take to boost their baby’s brain development.

Interested in the metabolic effect of Omega-3, found in fish oil, Dr Ben Albert has already found that more than half of the fish-oil brands sold in New Zealand are ‘off’ when we buy them.

With approximately 20% of pregnant women taking fish oil supplements, Dr Ben Albert looks into the effect they have on babies. In this presentation, he explains how tests on rats have found higher newborn mortality rates and increased maternal insulin resistance in those fed oxidised fish oil.