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Why should you care about fish oil quality? Fish oil is prone to oxidation because it is made up mainly of fats. When exposed to the oxygen in the air, the fat molecules in the oil start to break down. How does this affect fish oil quality? It can lead to an unpleasant “fishy” smell and spoiled, rancid product. Stability, also known as shelf life, refers to how quickly and easily a product will break down under the product’s directed storage conditions. Just like dairy and other products high in fat, fish oil is prone to spoilage and can...read more
Although breast milk is the preferred source of infant nutrition, epidemiological studies have shown that docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in breast milk are highly dependent upon the geographical location of the female population under study and the related habitual diet of the population, with the highest DHA levels in N. American Inuit and in some Asian populations. 1, 2 In women supplemented with DHA at a level of 200-400 mg/day, DHA levels are increased to at least 0.32% of milk fat, and this is a level associated with an enrichment of...read more
Much of a baby’s cognitive health is determined during gestation; unfortunately, today’s typical diet often doesn’t provide expectant mothers with all the nutrients her developing baby’s brain needs for healthy development. Lutein and Brain Health for the Developing Baby During pregnancy, lutein levels in the mother’s bloodstream increase while other carotenoid levels remain fairly constant.1 The same differential pattern for increased lutein over other carotenoids is also noted in cord blood and breast milk, supporting the assertion that...read more
As a treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), cranberry (Vaccinium genus, several species, most often macrocarpon) has been studied scientifically since the early 1960s, although it has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. Amerindians of New England utilised the leaves of the plant, rather than the fruit, to treat urinary disorders, according to accounts by early European explorers. 1 In addition to many published reports of original research, there have been several reviews and meta-analyses published in recent years....read more
DHA, found in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, is well researched and well known for its health benefits in adults and in children. In 2002 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the inclusion of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) in infant formula. Supplementation with DHA is especially important since this fatty acid is predominant in the membranes of cells in the brain and in the retina of the eyes. One of the most interesting studies on omega-3 EFA supplementation and infants was done by I.B. Helland and colleagues,...read more