Since the beginning, we’ve often talked about the importance of DHA as a required content in the growth of his brain child. However, did I know, what it is DHA, and why DHA is instrumental to the growth of your child’s brain. Let us discuss further:
What is DHA?
Based on the research, the main component of brain tissue consists of dokosaheksanoat acid and DHA or AA or arachidonic acid. There are a large amount of DHA in the retina of the eye, so it can be concluded that DHA and AA is necessary for brain development and visual acuity. DHA and AA are a group of fatty acids that are formed through biochemical synthesis process with the help of an enzyme that is available in the central nervous system and liver.
DHA is actually contained in breast milk, but for certain cases such as Mother’s milk is inadequate or does not come out at all, or in premature infants who have enough of the enzyme to form DHA, additional DHA in infant formula is necessary for brain development and eyesight acuity . Then, how the role of DHA alone for the development of your child’s brain?
The role of DHA in Brain Development
As an important structural component of the brain and retina, polyunsaturated fatty acids mainly found in membrane phospholipids which play an important role in the physical properties and function of membranes. Two major fatty acid in the brain are DHA and AA that play a role in the development of baby’s nervous.
Based on a study, infants who received formula milk + DHA showed a better display than formula-fed infants with a standard diet. Similarly, the levels of DHA and AA in circulating erythrocyte phospholipid fatty and also higher in breastfed infants and infants with milk formula group plus supplements. Based on these findings, it can be concluded that supplementation of formula with one or two fatty acids are beneficial for the development of baby’s nervous.
In another study also found that DHA status in healthy infants at term associated with the flow of nerve function eyesight. It is based on research on erythrocyte fatty acid profile and relationship with maturity groove vision of VEP (Visual Evoked Potential). VEP visual acuity test is used to evaluate the integrity of the nerve flow to the retina and the primary visual cortex of the infant’s ability to see and motor response when stimulated visually. Well, no wonder babies who were breastfed had VEP and higher DHA levels than infants who are not breastfed.