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24 April 2015 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3-supplemented formula leads to bigger children: Study

Stephen Daniells

Feeding infants an omega-3-supplemented formula led to longer and heavier children, compared to a control formula, says a study funded by Mead Johnson Nutrition and the National Institutes of Health.

While omega-3s are already used in infant formula, there is limited data on how this affects the long-term growth of the child, according to scientists from the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

New data of children raised on formula at birth and then followed up to the age of six indicated that there are no adverse effects on child growth. The findings are published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids .

“If anything, they suggest that [Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids] LCPUFA could have positive effects on stature without negative effects on weight status; and that LCPUFA could mitigate lower stature and higher BMI associated with maternal smoking, particularly in boys,”wrote the researchers, led by Susan Carlson, PhD, AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition at KU Medical Center