Are you aware that Omega 3 DHA is being added in the infant foods? Top experts recommend the addition of both, omega 3 DHA as well as omega 6 AA in the infant foods. This recommendation came from a group representing 11 different countries. Although breast feeding is considered to be the best, but if due to any reason, it is not possible, then supplements containing omega 3 DHA and omega 6 AA are the best options.
Omega 3, DHA falls in the polyunsaturated fatty acid group. It is considered to be a good fat. Omega 3 fatty acid in the diet is very important for the proper development of a child’s brain. Did you know that DHA constitutes 97% of the omega 3 fats in the brain which is 60% fat?
The infant food should contain between.2 to.5% of the omega 3, DHA fatty acids and it should also contain AA at an equal percentage to the DHA level. Omega 3 is also present as an additional ingredient in baby food.
Getting enough omega 3 in the baby’s diet is not only important for the development of its brain, it is also important for the baby’s eyes and nervous system. An expecting mother should consume sufficient omega 3 in the form of supplements or otherwise while she is pregnant. Third trimester is the right time to do so. That is when the baby’s brain is developing the most.
AA, or arachidonic acid is relatively easy to consume. It is readily available in our daily diet. AA can be got from meat, eggs and milk. it is relatively easy for a pregnant woman to get sufficient AA in her diet, but getting enough DHA omega 3 is much more difficult. DHA is found in oily cold water fish. Most of the people in the US don’t really like fish so there is a lack of getting enough in their diet.
A lactating mother can pass on these vital nutrients to her breast fed baby, if she eats a proper diet. In case the baby is bottle fed, then these nutrients have to be added externally. Adding omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to a baby’s formula has made it a lot closer to being just like breast milk.
Researches have shown that babies getting enough omega 3 in their diet performed better in the cognitive tests, they also slept better and weren’t nearly as restless as babies fed formula without omega 3.
As soon as you find out that you are going to have a baby, be sure to add cold water oily fish to your diet. If you are unable to eat fish, then you can take fish oil supplements, or flax seed oil. Make sure your flax seed oil supplements are in a dark coloured bottle to keep them away from light.
If you are pregnant, getting enough omega 3 could reduce your chances of premature birth.You will also know that you are doing what you think is best for your new baby. Getting them started out in life the best you can.