Visual acuity, erythrocyte fatty acid composition, and growth in term infants fed formulas with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids for one year

Nancy Auestad, Michael B. Montalto, Robert T. Hall, Kathleen M. Fitzgerald, Robin E. Wheeler, William E. Connor, Martha Neuringer, Sonja L. Connor, James A. Taylor, E. Eugenie Hartmann

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    Abstract

    The CNS and the retina are enriched in long chain polyunsaturated (LCP) fatty acids, specifically docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) and arachidonic acid (AA, 20:4n-6), which are present in human milk but not in most infant formulas. In the present study of 134 formula-fed and 63 breast-fed infants, we prospectively evaluated whether providing a source of DHA and AA or DHA alone in formula would increase red blood cell (RBC) phospholipid levels of these fatty acids, enhance visual function, or affect growth during the first year. Healthy term infants

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalPediatric Research
    Volume41
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997

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    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Auestad, N., Montalto, M. B., Hall, R. T., Fitzgerald, K. M., Wheeler, R. E., Connor, W. E., ... Hartmann, E. E. (1997). Visual acuity, erythrocyte fatty acid composition, and growth in term infants fed formulas with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids for one year. Pediatric Research, 41(1), 1-10.