There’s already a bank of evidence supporting the role of DHA and ARA in infant brain health. Studies show that DHA can help the developing brain via their involvement in processes like neurotransmission and neurogenesis.[i] Meanwhile, ARA supports cell division and signalling, and helps to reduce oxidative stress.[ii] And looking ahead to later in childhood, LCPUFA supplementation could even help cognitive ability[iii] and health, as well as behaviour.[iv]
But the benefits of DHA and ARA go beyond the brain. Eye health is an established area, with the EU authorising a health claim stating that maternal DHA intake contributes to eye development in both the foetus and breast-fed infants.[v] Interestingly, DHA and ARA may also have a positive influence on immunity. Studies have shown a reduced risk of common respiratory symptoms and illnesses,[vi] and delayed common allergic diseases in children up to three years of age.[vii]
At FrieslandCampina Ingredients, we understand that early diet is important to help deliver these health benefits. That’s why we are harnessing our formulation and ingredients expertise to encapsulate and protect the quality of LCPUFAs, to provide the very best in early life nutrition ingredients.