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Sialic acid

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Infant formulas contain less than 25% of total sialic acid concentration found in mature human milk, researchers report in October American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Bing Wang, University of Sydney, Australia, et al., also note "10-fold differences in sialic acid concentrations among the different types of formula," with preterm formulas containing the most sialic acid, followed by formulas suitable for infants over six months. Although substance's nutritional significance "is presently unknown," Wang et al. point out that sialic acid supplementation has been linked to improved learning ability in animal studies. Formulas evaluated include those manufactured by Australian divisions of Mead Johnson, Wyeth, Nestle
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