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Mostly, you will come across the label „DHA“ (docosahexaenoic acid) and „ARA“ (arachidonic acid), which are long-chained polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCP). As you probably already know, LCP’s are essential for all humans - not only children. Because humans cannot produce them themselves, they have to be part of your diet. During pregnancy, the fetus obtains ARA and DHA through the placenta. Both, premature babies and full-term babies cannot produce them to the necessary extent. Therefore, they need to ingest them with their diet.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids belong to the LCP group and are essential for a healthy mental and physical development. Humans produce DHA and ARA when they ingest α-Linolenic acid and Linoleic acid which are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids respectively. To ensure that babies obtain enough DHA, baby food manufacturers have always added it to their formulas. The amount is regulated by law, therefore, you will always find enough omega-3 fatty acids in every formula.
Because of the development of the brain, nervous system and vision, babies bodies have a high demand for LCP’s.
Why are fatty acids so important for the human organism? Because fat isn’t an enemy! Vitamin A, D, E and K are so-called fat-soluble vitamins. They dissolve in a source of dietary fat and get into your bloodstream where they end up in the liver waiting to be used. Without enough fat, the body cannot carry these vitamins throughout the body. Think of fat as a vitamin’s chauffeur.
Every formula contains age-appropriate amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to provide your child with enough DHA & ARA ensuring that your child obtains all essential nutrients - for a happy brain!