Supporting a great start in life with LCPUFAs

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Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs), like DHA and ARA, are coming out top in their research: the result of a growing bank of studies and expert opinions favouring these nutrients. It’s time to explore the potential of LCPUFAs as early life nutrition ingredients.

LCPUFAs have a broad impact on health

LCPUFAs have a broad impact on health

The health benefits of DHA during brain development are well known [i][iv], but did you know that (other) LCPUFAs can have an even broader impact on health? A number of studies supports ARA’s role in brain health[v], while DHA has been shown and is acknowledged by EFSA to benefit eye health.[vi]

That’s not all; there are exciting developments every day that suggest DHA and ARA could be a game-changer in the immunity field too.[vii], [viii]

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Why FrieslandCampina Ingredients?

  • A long history of supplying infant milk formula ingredients to manufacturers.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of our expert technical team.
  • Equipped to comply with strict infant-food-grade standards and regulatory requirements worldwide.
  • Our global network of oil suppliers enables flexible sourcing – all to a high-quality standard.


We are the only provider of infant nutrition ingredients to use cutting-edge GEA FILTERMAT® drying technology to produce our micro-encapsulated LCPUFAs. The gentle process helps protect each and every droplet of DHA and ARA-containing oils, helping guard against oxidation damage and thereby protect the nutritional content and sensory properties. Partnering with FrieslandCampina Ingredients also provides access to the world’s first up-scalable GEA FILTERMAT® pilot plant in Meppel, the Netherlands. Together we can accelerate your development process and transform LCPUFAs into early life nutrition product success.

Unlocking the potential of micro-encapsulated LCPUFAs

Unlocking the potential of micro-encapsulated LCPUFAs

Want to know more about the benefits of micro-encapsulating LCPUFAs and how to overcome common challenges using our unique GEA FILTERMAT®  technology? Download our white paper below ⬇

Marischa Nikkels at FrieslandCampina Ingredients

Marischa Nikkels at FrieslandCampina Ingredients

“It’s an exciting time for early life nutrition ingredients – every day there’s more research emerging that highlights the potential health benefits of LCPUFAs, like DHA and ARA. At the same time, parents are looking for the ingredients that will give their children a head-start in life, when breastfeeding is not possible. We understand the formulation and regulatory challenges in this area more than most, which is why we’ve developed this whitepaper – to help you navigate this opportunity and create products that really stand out.”


[i] Innis, S. M. (2003). Perinatal biochemistry and physiology of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Journal of Pediatrics.

[ii] Innis, S. M. (2007). Dietary (n-3) fatty acids and brain development. In Journal of Nutrition.

[iii] Drover, J., Hoffman, D. R., Castañeda, Y. S., Morale, S. E., & Birch, E. E. (2009). Three randomized controlled trials of early long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on means-end problem solving in 9-Month-olds. Child Development.

[iv] Drover, J. R., Hoffman, D. R., Castañeda, Y. S., Morale, S. E., Garfield, S., Wheaton, D. H., & Birch, E. E. (2011). Cognitive function in 18-month-old term infants of the DIAMOND study: A randomized, controlled clinical trial with multiple dietary levels of docosahexaenoic acid. Early Human Development.

[v] Koletzko, B., Bergmann, K., Thomas Brenna, J., Calder, P. C., Campoy, C., Clandinin, M. T., Colombo, J., Daly, M., Decsi, T., Demmelmair, H., Domellöf, M., Fidlermis, N., Gonzalez-Casanova, I., Van Goudoever, J. B., Hadjipanayis, A., Hernell, O., Lapillonne, A., Mader, S., Martin, C. R., … Carlson, S. E. (2020). Should formula for infants provide arachidonic acid along with DHA? A position paper of the European Academy of Paediatrics and the Child Health Foundation. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

[vi] DHA and ARA and Visual Development – Scientific Substantiation of a Health Claim Related to Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Arachidonic Acid (ARA) and Visual Development Pursuant to Article14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006,” 2009

[vii] Lapillonne, A., Pastor, N., Zhuang, W., & Scalabrin, D. M. F. (2014). Infants fed formula with added long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids have reduced incidence of respiratory illnesses and diarrhea during the first year of life. BMC Pediatrics.

[viii] Birch, E. E., Khoury, J. C., Berseth, C. L., Castañeda, Y. S., Couch, J. M., Bean, J., Tamer, R., Harris, C. L., Mitmesser, S. H., & Scalabrin, D. M. (2010). The Impact of Early Nutrition on Incidence of Allergic Manifestations and Common Respiratory Illnesses in Children. Journal of Pediatrics.