Docosahexaenoic acid helps brain development

MILAN, ITALY. Researchers at the University of Milan report that infants whose formula contains long- chain polyunsaturated fatty acids [especially Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)] have better brain development than children who do not receive DHA in their formula. The observation supports earlier findings that there is a direct correlation between the DHA concentration in the red blood cells of infants and their visual acuity. The researchers recommend that infants who are not breastfed be fed on a DHA-enriched formula. Breast milk already contains the fatty acids necessary for good brain development.Agostoni, Carlo, et al. Docosahexaenoic acid status and developmental quotient of healthy term infants. The Lancet, Vol. 346, September 2, 1995, p. 638

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