Developmental Visual and Brain Growth
When combined, DHA and ARA play a very important role for the growing infant. This includes optimal development of the nervous system, especially the brain and eyes. DHA and ARA are rapidly accumulated in the nervous tissue of brain and retina, which takes place primarily from the last trimester of pregnancy to up to 2 years of age.
Although breastfeeding your child is the best option, infant formula containing DHA and ARA derived from fungal and algal oils have effectively enhanced infant growth. Pre-mature infants who have been fed supplemented formulas have significantly gained weight. Research notes that DHA supplementation during pregnancy assists in promoting the healthy development of your baby’s visual system.
Natural sources of ARA and DHA occur in:
- Fish / Fish oil
- Grass fed beef
- Nuts and Flax seeds