Major infant brain growth occurs during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of life. During these times, infants have the greatest need for Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Arachidonic Acid (ARA). Both are important nutrients that have been shown to help brain development. Infants must obtain DHA and ARA from their diets, so it is important that parents provide them a diet that includes adequate amounts of both nutrients.
Certain studies have shown that infants who received optimal levels of DHA during gestation exhibited:
Certain studies have also shown that infants fed formula supplemented with DHA and ARA exhibited:
Preterm infants who were fed DHA and ARA supplemented formula exhibited normal growth in terms of weight, length and head circumference and improved visual and mental development.
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