|Fish are part of a balanced
diet. People can eat fish caught in
West Virginia waters without experiencing harm from mercury exposures by
following fish advisories. People
should follow national fish advisories for seafood and other fish. This allows people to :
|•obtain the benefits from eating fish (such as the omega-3 fatty acids
needed for proper neurological development) while
|avoiding exposures to
chemicals at levels that may affect their health.
|Two studies noted in the
report indicate the importance of omege-3 fatty acids on brain development.
|•Babies of mothers who have eaten too little omega-3-fatty acids have
lower IQ scores.
|•In addition, mothers in the Seychelles Islands who ate the most fish
had children who performed best when tested for neurological functioning,
presumably due to the beneficial effects of omega-3-fatty acids on brain