Omega 3 essential fatty acids – why are they critical?

  • Essential fatty acids, also referred to as omega 3 (ALA, DHA & EPA) are a type of polyunsaturated fats


  • They are titled ‘essential’ because babies need these for their health and development but it is a nutrient which needs to come from food


  • This nutrient is vital for the development of the retina in the eye as well as for your baby’s brain growth and development


  • Studies also suggest that getting enough of these essential fatty acids impacts on intelligence, social skills and behaviour


  • Due to its importance, it is now added to all infant formula milk


  • It does also pass through breast milk so make sure you are eating lots of omega 3 rich foods too
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