Navigation Links
Kansas researchers find enriched infant formulas benefit brain and heart
Date:9/19/2011

LAWRENCE University of Kansas scientists have found new evidence that infant formulas fortified with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are good for developing brains and hearts.

In the randomized, double-blind study, 122 term infants were fed one of four formulas from birth to 12 months; three with varying levels of two LCPUFAs (DHA and ARA) and one formula with no LCPUFA, and tested at four, six and nine months of age.

By simultaneously measuring the heart rate and visual attentiveness of infants while they looked at images of adult human faces, John Colombo and Susan Carlson found that infants who were fed fortified formula were more cognitively advanced and their heart rates were lower than infants who were fed formula without LCPUFA. The formula with the lowest level of LCPUFA 0.3 percent level was found to be sufficient to produce these benefits.

The study is the first randomized clinical trial of postnatal DHA supplementation to measure attention.

Colombo, a neuroscientist who specializes in the measurement of early neurocognitive development, said that the findings add to the mounting evidence that these nutritional compounds positively affect brain and behavioral development.

DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is an essential long-chain fatty-acid that affects brain and eye development, and babies derive it from their mothers before birth and up to age two. But the American diet is often deficient in DHA sources such as fish.

ARA or arachidonic acid is another LCPUFA that is present in breast milk and commercial formula.


'/>"/>

Contact: Karen Henry
kahenry@ku.edu
785-864-0756
University of Kansas
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Birds in Flint Hills of Kansas, Oklahoma face population decline despite large habitat
2. University of Kansas graduate student researcher takes aim at deadly brain tumors
3. Poisonous prehistoric raptor discovered by research team from Kansas and China
4. K-State research channels powerful Kansas wind to keep electricity running
5. Plant pathologist finding Kansas wheat fields a molecular battleground this season
6. Hawaii, Arkansas and Oklahoma Lead the Nation for Methamphetamine Use in the Workforce, Reveals Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™
7. NC State researchers get to root of parasite genome
8. Researchers find animal with ability to survive climate change
9. Researchers find an essential gene for forming ears of corn
10. Researchers note differences between people and animals on calorie restriction
11. Researchers study acoustic communication in deep-sea fish
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/3/2017)... Jan. 3, 2017 Onitor, provider of digital ... Onitor Track, an innovative biometric data-driven program designed to ... month at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in ... In the U.S., the World Health Organization (WHO), have ... of adults who are overweight or obese. WHO also ...
(Date:12/19/2016)... y TORONTO , 19 de diciembre de 2016 ... Inc. que permitirá el desarrollo acelerado de MSC-1, un anticuerpo humanizado ... tipos de tumor en 2017, con múltiples sitios previstos a lo ... ... objetivo en el factor inhibidor de leucemia (LIF), una citoquina pleiotrópica ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... , Dec. 15, 2016   WaferGen Bio-systems, ... held genomics technology company, announced today that on December ... Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC which ... bid price of WaferGen,s common stock had been at ... WaferGen has regained compliance with Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 17, 2017 , ... ... completely re-engineered Drug Safety Technology Consortium™ (SafeTEC™), $3 million in investment towards 15+ ... these new tools and assays, and their applicability in drug safety assessment, for ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... MILPITAS, Calif. , Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... today announced that it has initiated a global ... PTG-100, an oral peptide that targets alpha4beta7 integrin. ... design study is to evaluate the safety/tolerability and ... colitis patients with moderate to severe active disease. ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... , Jan. 16, 2017   Valentin A. ... Tracey, MD , president and CEO of The ... completed an analysis of how the nervous system regulates ... and develop bioelectronic medicine devices to treat ... Nature Neuroscience . The paper examines ...
(Date:1/14/2017)... ... January 14, 2017 , ... Seattle-based ... complete end-to-end genome assemblies to researchers around the globe. Long considered a ... in answering a wide range of scientific questions. The announcement was made ...
Breaking Biology Technology: