Formula companies and hospitals acknowledge that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for babies below six months old due to its superior nutritional value and antibodies which helps babies build up their immune system.
One particular component that human breast milk has is a high concentration of nucleotides. Nucleotides have been found to promote healthy gastrointestinal and immunological growth in babies and toddlers. They are found in many foods, especially in animal proteins such as beef, lamb, chicken, fish, and shrimp.
As babies and toddlers may not be able to consume solid foods well, formula companies such as Einmilk have included nucleotides in its formulation for babies and toddlers.
What exactly are nucleotides?
According to medical journals, “A nucleotide is one of the structural components, or building blocks, of DNA and RNA.” Nucleotides are biological molecules – nonprotein, nitrogenous compounds which form the foundation of DNA (nucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid).
Benefits of Nucleotides for Babies
- Increases weight gain and head growth
A randomized trial involving nucleotides was conducted and it was found that babies fed with nucleotide-supplemented formula milk had a greater weight and head circumference than babies who were fed formula milk without nucleotides.Head growth is essential for babies as it is a critical period for brain growth and plays a part in long-term cognitive development.
- Enhances development of gastrointestinal system
There are potential benefits to intestinal health when nucleotides are consumed. The protective intestinal mucus grows and intestinal enzyme activity increases, creating a stronger gut.Nucleotides have been shown to reduce incidences of diarrhea and speed up the recovery of babies suffering from diarrhea.
- Improves immunity
Nucleotides have been observed to significantly increase the response of the body towards vaccinations. A better response to vaccinations means that the body can develop its own resistance against the particular strain of illness after reacting to it.
Benefits of Nucleotides for Toddlers
The benefits of nucleotides extend to more than just babies – toddlers and adults benefit from having nucleotides in their diets. Beyond the first six months of life, nucleotide-supplemented formula milk supports healthy developmental growth. It’s no wonder why you should look out for added nucleotides when choosing formula milk for your child.
- Supports learning
Nucleotides support multi-dimensional learning in toddlers. Multi-dimensional learning is a combination of observation, study, play, and a strong immune system. Though not a direct causative link, nucleotide-supplemented formula encourages healthy cell growth in the brain.
- Iron absorption
Nucleotides improve iron absorption. Iron builds blood cells and helps the brain to develop. Most infant formulas contain iron and the nucleotides complement iron absorption.
- Good for metabolism
Toddlers expend an incredible amount of energy each day and nucleotides are known as the “energy currency”. As such, consuming nucleotide-enriched formula is good for their high metabolic system.
When consumed in appropriate amounts, nucleotides are beneficial for babies and toddlers as it is an essential nutrient which promotes healthy cell growth.
Einmilk formula milk follows the EIN-VOLUTION system and is scientifically formulated to suit each age group. Besides Nucleotides, Einmilk milk powder contains other essential vitamins, minerals such as DHA, RHA, taurine, and iron to ensure that your baby only gets the best.
The role and function of nucleotides in infant nutrition and formula milk for babies and toddlers are essential for raising world-ready children.
Are you providing your baby with a balanced milk-only diet or diet which includes formula milk too?