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DHA may be link to superior cognitive abilities in breastfed infants, study suggests.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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DHA MAY BE LINK TO SUPERIOR COGNITIVE ABILITY IN BREASTFED CHILDREN compared to infants fed formula, John Horwood, et al., Christ-church School of Medicine, Christchurch, New Zealand, conclude in a recent study associating the duration of breastfeeding to significant increases in numerous cognitive measures compared to those of formula-fed infants. Published in the January issue of Pediatrics, the study finds "exposure to breastfeeding is associated with small but detectable increases in childhood cognitive ability and educational achievement, with it likely being that these increases reflect the effects of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid levels...particularly, DHA" (docosahexaenoic acid).
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