Study after study has shown the benefits of fish oil for pregnant and nursing moms and their babies. The supplements -- full of brain-building fatty acids like DHA -- may improve young children's hand-eye coordination and boost adult memory function, visual acuity, and mood. So which brand is best? Luckily, researchers say most contain the recommended dose of DHA (300 milligrams) and are free of toxins like mercury.
To be sure your supplement adheres to these standards, scan the online list at OceansAlive.org.
Then let cost and convenience be your guide: Look for a brand that delivers the full 300 mg in just a few capsules. Also keep in mind that fish-oil capsules may disrupt your digestion. Freeze them before swallowing, or take them with meals or at bedtime, if you experience any gas, bloating, or fishy burps.