Are you aware that Omega 3 DHA is being added in the infant foods? It is recommended by top experts that both omega 3 DHA and AA Omega 6 be included in formula’s infants are drinking. 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 a good type of 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 makes up 97% of the omega 3 fats in the brain which is 60% fat?
A baby’s formula should contain from .2 to .5% of the omega 3, DHA fatty acids and it should also contain AA at an equal percentage to the DHA level. You can also find omega 3 as an additional ingredient in baby food.
Getting enough omega 3 in the baby’s diet is not only important for the development of brain, it is also equally important for the baby’s eyes and nervous system. A mother needs to be sure to consume enough of the omega 3 fatty acids while she is pregnant. Third trimester is the right time to do so. It is during the third trimester that the baby’s brain develops the most.
AA, or arachidonic acid is pretty 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 harder. DHA is found in cold water oily fish. Most of the people in the US shrink their noses even at the sight of fish, therefore the deficiency of DHA is not uncommon.
A baby, if being breast fed, will get these nutrients from it’s mother if she is eating a proper diet. If they are being bottle fed formula, then these nutrients have to be added to their formula. 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.
In some studies of baby’s getting sufficient omega 3 in their diet, many showed better scores on cognitive test, 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, you should start taking oily cold water fish in your diet. If you don’t like to eat fish, then you can take fish oil supplements, or flax seed oil. Make sure your flax seed oil supplements are stored 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.