Baby's Only Essentials® DHA Fatty Acid Supplement
Does Not Contain life'sDHA™, Hexane, or Melamine
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) & Arachidonic Acid (ARA)
DHA & ARA long chain fatty acids are important for a baby's development. These fats are known to concentrate in the gray matter of the baby's brain and eye retina starting in the third trimester of pregnancy. Following birth, a baby continues to receive an abundance of these fatty acids through breast milk. The current medical literature is conflicting when it comes to the necessity of adding DHA & ARA fatty acids in a formula fed baby's diet. Unfortunately, there is no clear and concise answer. It is for this reason that many healthcare providers will recommend that formula fed babies receive a minimum of these preformed longer chain fatty acids in their diets. Our Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA can help ensure that the fatty acids are included in a baby's diet. Baby's Only Essentials® is derived from egg phospholipid and has been successfully used in clinical studies with babies over the past decade. This product is properly balanced according to recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
From Natural Egg Phospholipids Instead of life'sDHA™
Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Fatty Acid is naturally derived from the goodness of Egg Phospholipids using an aqueous (water) process. This differs from C. cohnii oil (algae) & M. alpina oil (fungus) used in all other organic and conventional infant formulas, which are treated with hexane solvent, acid, and bleach. Parents purchasing organic formula should be aware of the following:Learn more...
In 2001, US infant formula manufacturers began adding a novel source of DHA & ARA that is manufactured by Martek Biosciences called life'sDHA™. This DHA is derived from strains of algae; the ARA is manufactured using a non-toxigenic soil fungus. In 2006, organic infant formula companies began promoting their use of this same ingredient. The following is the manufacturing process described by Martek:
"The oil is then separated from the dried biomass by hexane extraction and centrifugation and/or filtration, followed by winterization. The hexane phase undergoes additional centrifugation/filtration to remove solids then the winterized oil is heated and treated with acid. Subsequently, the oil is treated with caustic, centrifuged, bleached and deodorized."2
Learn more at Cornucopia Institute
1. Austed N, et al, "Growth and Development in term infants fed long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: A double-masked, randomized, parallel, prospective, multivariate study," Pediatrics, 108; 2:372-381.
2. Sam Zeller, Ph.D. - Martek Biosciences Corporation, Food & Drug Administration Agency Response Letter, GRAS Notice No. GRN 000137
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Contains 30 packets - 0.10oz each
- Total NET WT 3.2 oz (90g)