Fatty acids in breast milk make children more smart
A recent study showed that the consumption of Polyunsaturated fatty acids of PUFAs as a child effect on children’s cognitive abilities. Although not affecting IQ, but the intake of PUFA help children’s cognitive and make them quickly grasp what they learn.
“Babies need PUFA fatty acids for brain growth, but this study shows that the effect can last a long time until the kids grow up,” said Dr. Peter Willatts from the University of Dundee, as reported by Reuters (05/07).
Fatty acids are important components of nerve cell membranes and are usually found in breast milk. These fatty acids have an important role for the development of the brain, but is often not contained in formula milk.
Previous research shows that babies fed on PUFA formula are faster in learning and have better in attention. These results were found after researchers observed 210 infants for four months. They were divided into three groups and given different intake, namely DHA and PUFA.
Despite having the same IQ scores, but infants fed PUFA intake are faster and more easily capture lessons concentrate compared to the group given DHA intake. They are 20 percent faster than the other group in completing the test.
Researchers can not decide whether this effect will affect all areas of the brain until mature. But they know that this is beneficial particularly in the areas of reading and math. To that end, researchers strongly recommend for mothers to breastfeed their child with breast milk containing PUFA. If not, you should have a formula containing PUFA.