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Cognitive development and performance

Infancy is a critical period of rapid cognitive development that gives the infant the capability to learn all the new skills needed. The right nutrition to support this immense development is of paramount importance.

Several studies have investigated the correlation between infant feeding regimes (breast milk or infant formula) and infant cognitive development. All have demonstrated that breastfeeding has a consistent, small but significant, positive influence on cognitive function compared to formula feeding.

As research continues within the field of human milk and its impact on infant development, several milk components have been linked with cognitive development such as sialic acid, gangliosides and sphingomyelin. A recent study [1] has shown that feeding infants infant formula supplemented with Lacprodan® MFGM-10 results in improved cognitive development at one year compared to a standard formula. The infants receiving an infant formula supplemented with Lacprodan® MFGM-10 scored similar to the breastfed infants in the clinical study.

Arla Foods Ingredients has several ingredients having effects on cognitive development with a high content of sialic acid or phospholipids, sphingomyelin and gangliosides.

These include: Lacprodan® CGMP-10, and Lacprodan® MFGM-10.

Timby et al. 2014. Am J Clin Nutr. 99: 860-868, Zavaleta et al. 2011. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 53: 561-568.

[1] This study has been performed by Hero.

Using infant formulas is second to breastfeeding, a fact supported by WHO. This information is for professional use only.

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