Important Ingredients for Child Development
Protein is an essential component of breast milk– it is the building block for growth. The two main types of protein in milk; whey and casein have complementary functions. Whey is lighter and more soluble so it is easy to digest while casein is heavier and is slower to digest. The ratio of these is very important for your child’s ability to digest properly.
Whey and Casein
Whey and casein are different types of proteins which are both present in breast milk and also in cows’ milk. For the first few months, the proteins in breast milk are predominantly whey proteins and these are easier to digest than casein proteins. Casein proteins take longer to digest and may be more satisfying for hungrier babies.
Whey Casein Ratio
This is to more closely mimic the composition of breast milk and to transition babies to cow’s milk composition.
Whey protein dominant stage 1 formula helps facilitate more gentle digestion for baby’s immature digestive systems. Casein proteins may be more satisfying for hungrier babies.
Omega 3-DHA (Docosahexaeonic Acid) and Omega 6-AA (Arachidonic Acid)
These long chain polyunsaturated fats are naturally present in breast milk and the right balance of these is very important.
Studies suggest that the addition of Omega 3-DHA may help the structural component of brain and eye development as well as improve cognitive and visual function.
Omega 6-AA plays an important role in maintaining the central nervous system.
Probiotics – Howaru R Bifido (Bifidobacterium Lactis (HN109 ™)
These probiotic cultures support development of a strong digestive and immune system to assist against diarrhea, respiratory infections, pneumonia, iron deficiency and anaemia as well as supporting healthy growth*
* Dekker et al 2009 Clinical studies in infants and young children in New Zealand and Prof Sunil Sazawal, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA Clinical studies in young children in India and Indonesia.
Prebiotics – GOS (galacto-oligosaccharides and FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides)
Non-digestible carbohydrates that are naturally found in breast milk in the proportion 90% GOS 10% FOS at 0.8g per 100ml.
GOS prebiotics encourage digestive health by boosting the natural level of good bacteria (probiotics such as bifidobacteria) in your child’s gut. They may also decrease the level of harmful bacteria and help the absorption of essential nutrients, as well as promoting softer, more regular bowel motions.
FOS protects against intestinal infection and helps strengthen the intestinal immune system. Also assists the flow of nutrients including B vitamins and short chain fatty acids.
Important building blocks of Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA). They occur at high levels in breast milk and infants benefit from a proper supply of nucleotides due to their rapid cell growth at this time.
An important antioxidant found in the heart, skeletal muscles, white blood cells and the nervous system, it is important for brain function and for healthy eyes and vision.
Essential for the healthy formation of teeth and bones. Assists muscle contraction, transmission of nerve impulses and blood clotting.
Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium.
Supports your child’s immune system to protect from infection, helps to repair tissue and helps keep skin healthy. It also helps the body to absorb other important nutrients.
Important at a cellular level for aiding the transport of oxygen to all tissue. Iron helps support the immune system, and energy metabolism as well as cognitive function.
Aids correct liver function protecting the liver from accumulating fat.
Used by body cells for energy – particularly important for muscles including the heart.
One of the Vitamin B complex inositol is used in all the body’s cell membranes, and aids the central nervous system.