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New Study: Higher DHA Levels Improve Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Premature Girls
Date:1/26/2009

for higher-dose interventions in future studies. Given the lack of an alternative therapy for cognitive delay in this group of infants and the apparent safety of the current dose of DHA, further studies are warranted."

"We are pleased to see research like this because it illustrates an important shift in the scientific dialogue about DHA," said Martek's Chief Scientific Officer, Norman Salem, Jr., PhD. "We are no longer debating whether DHA is beneficial to infants, but rather how much DHA is optimal. And, as this research indicates, it appears that enhancing DHA levels above the current standard in both breast milk and infant formula may be better, especially in the vulnerable preemie population."

Naturally present in human breast milk, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ARA (arachidonic acid) are fatty acids important to infant development and growth. Clinical studies have demonstrated numerous benefits for infants receiving DHA and ARA supplemented formula, including improved mental and visual development. Martek's blend of DHA and ARA, life'sDHA(TM) & life'sARA(TM), is the only source of these nutrients currently used in U.S. infant formula, and is present in more than 99 percent of infant formula sold in the U.S. Additionally, Martek is a leading global supplier of DHA and ARA and infant formulas containing Martek's nutritional oils are available in more than 75 countries worldwide.

Martek's DHA can also be found in a wide variety of prescription and over-the counter prenatal supplements around the world. Women of childbearing age who consume a typical Western diet are at risk for low stores of DHA. For example, pregnant and breastfeeding women in North America consume, on average, just 60-80 mg of DHA per day, far less than the 300 mg recommended by an expert body. DHA supplementation has been demonstrated to increase DHA levels in breast milk and thereby increase DHA levels in br
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