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Review Papers | Pharmaceutical Science | India | Volume 9 Issue 5, May 2020
DHA and ARA Supplements for Brain and Visual Development in Infants
Abstract: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is necessary for the growth as well as functional development of the brain in infants. DHA is important for maintenance of normal brain function. The DHA in the diet improves learning ability, whereas deficiencies of DHA are associated with deficits in learning and visual development in infants, Dietary Sources of DHA and ARA are abundantly found in nature as well as avialble in the form of fortified foods, beverages and supplements. At low levels in meat and eggs DHA is also present. Major infant brain growth occurs during pregnancy and the first two years of life. During these times, new born baby have the greatest require for Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). It is an important nutrients to help brain development. The infants fed formula supplemented with Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Arachidonic Acid (ARA) exhibited improved mental development and as well as better visual acuity.
Keywords: DHA, ARA, Dietary source, visual acuity
Edition: Volume 9 Issue 5, May 2020,
Pages: 1400 - 1403