All baby foods and supplements contain natural forms of DHA and ARA. The DHA and ARA mimic the fatty acids found in breastmilk, which can benefit infant growth.
DHA and ALA are omega-3 fatty acids. DHA fatty acids include fish oil, egg oil, squid oil and krill oil. ALA fatty acids include walnuts, edible seeds, clary sage seed oil, algal oil, flaxseed oil, and hemp oil.
DHA IS A COMPONENT FOR BRAIN AND EYE TISSUE DEVELOPMENT
Based on the latest scientific and nutritional research findings, the EU decided in 2020 that all formulas for babies up to a year old should contain the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Where these essential fatty acids come from is very important. Studies have shown that synthetic forms of DHA and ARA do not provide any nutritional value.
The difference? Artificial fatty acids are obtained from different types of algae and fungus. There has been an insignificant amount of research to find out about the harmful effects of these microorganisms. These microbes are not part of the natural human diet. All in all, artificial DHA and ARA can give babies an upset stomach and cause liver damage.
EU Organic Regulations ensure that DHA and ARA sources are nutritious and are not full of these damaging side effects.
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