Ensuring cognitive development and abilities
The importance of sialic acid as a component in infant cognitive development continues to gather momentum. Human and bovine milk differ considerably in their concentration of sialic acid and consequently, the intake of sialic acid between breastfed and formula fed infants differs significantly. A piglet study has confirmed that dietary sialic acid using CGMP as a source improves learning and memory during early development. The fact that breastfed infants have slightly better cognitive development than formula fed infants may be partly linked to the sialic acid in the diet.
Our casein glycomacropeptide (CGMP) ingredient Lacprodan® CGMP-10 is a rich source of protein-bound sialic acid, making it possible to increase the sialic acid level of infant formula to levels more similar to human milk
Benefits associated with casein glycomacropeptide
- Rich source of sialic acid important in neuronal and cognitive development
- Increase sialic acid levels in infant formula
Leading image: Artistic interpretation of a casein glycomacropeptide.
Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.