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We now know that essential fatty acids are a vital part of total health. These fats help body systems function at optimal levels

We now know that essential fatty acids are a vital part of total health. These fats help body systems function at optimal levels. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 EFA found in cold-water fish, specifically aids brain function development and eyesight. A few years ago, only the most health-conscious people knew about DHA's benefits. Now, large food manufacturers such as Bristol-Meyers, Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth are capitalizing on it by supplementing their baby formulas (including Similac, Enfamil and Isomil) with DHA. The American Academy of Pediatrics has not endorsed the supplemented brands because they have not been studied enough and may have "adverse effects." However, DHA-enhanced baby formulas have been sold abroad since 1996 with no negative effects reported, and two-thirds of short-term studies on infants who were fed the DHA formula revealed some positive effects on brain function and eyesight. One "adverse effect" is the cost ¾ these new formulas will cost parents about $200 per year more than non-supplemented formulas. Of course, if possible, it is always best to breastfeed baby.

Source: New York Times

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