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Supplements are really helpful for maintaining our health and vitality. Our bodies begin to lose vigor and nutrients due to stress, environmental factors, illness or aging. Or at times, extra energy is needed when a person is going through a particular phase of his or her life where there is a higher need for energy, such as pregnancy, lactation, sports, studying for exams, etc. If this additional need for energy and nutrients isn’t met or depletion isn’t eradicated then the person falls seriously ill. Consuming nutritional supplements and vitamins in these cases is helpful as they help the person in question gain the require strength but also boost his or her immunity. However, supplements shouldn’t be started on one’s whim but a doctor should be consulted and the provided guideline for the usage should be followed. On should be aware that the excessive and unnecessary use of supplements can even be dangerous for your health.

What Options Do I Have If My Baby Is Allergic to Cow’s Milk Protein? Safety and Efficacy of a New Extensively Hydrolyzed Formula for Infants with Cow's Milk Protein Allergy

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Baby who is Allergic to Cow's Milk Protein

An allergy to cow’s milk protein is the main cause of childhood food allergies and is a predictive factor for other immunological diseases, such as rhinitis and asthma. Furthermore, previous studies have shown that children with allergies tend to grow less than healthy children, probably because they must eliminate several foods from their diets and…

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Is Prebiotic Supplementation Good for My Child? Early Supplementation of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides Protects Formula-Fed Infants against Infections during the First 6 Months of Life

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Supplementation of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides

Breastfed babies develop an intestinal microbiota dominated by lactobacilli and bifidobacteria that are less pathogenic than the intestinal flora of formula-fed infants. This balanced intestinal flora is fundamental for the proper development of the child’s immune system, and so it seems obvious that some characteristics of breast milk have not been reproduced in infant formulas,…

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Will My Child Be Smarter If I Take Iron Supplements during Pregnancy? Effect of Iron Supplementation during Pregnancy on the Intelligence Quotient and Behavior of Children at 4 Years of Age: Long-Term Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Iron Supplements During Pregnancy

Taking iron as a nutritional supplement is a common practice during pregnancy. In fact, it is recommended by most health institutions around the world. However, experts are divided about whether iron should be regularly administered to pregnant women. In some countries, pregnant women are routinely advised to take iron supplements, but in other countries, the policy…

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Is Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation More Effective Than Iron and Folic Acid? Prenatal Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Has Greater Impact on Birthweight Than Supplementation with Iron and Folic Acid: A Cluster-Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Programmatic Study in Rural Niger

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Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation or Just Iron and Folic Acid

The micronutrient intake of pregnant women may be insufficient, especially in underdeveloped countries. Thus, nutritional supplements are necessary, but some of them have proven inefficient. Maternal nutrient deficiency has been linked to multiple pathologies in newborns, such as low birth weight. It has other serious consequences on children’s health and development as well, including growth…

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Are DHA Supplements Beneficial For Mothers? Maternal Fish Oil Supplementation in Lactation: Effect on Developmental Outcome in Breast-fed Infants

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Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation for mothers and baby

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA), accumulates in the brain during the first two years of life and plays an important role in cognitive development. The cell membranes of the central nervous system contain high levels of DHA and other LCPUFAs. It is believed that a higher concentration of these fatty acids…

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What Do Studies Says about DHA and ARA Supplementation in Infant Formulas? Soy-Based Infant Formula Supplemented with DHA and ARA Supports Growth and Increases Circulating Levels of These Fatty Acids in Infants

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Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid Supplementation in Infants Formula
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid Supplementation in Infants Formula

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that accumulate in the brain from the last trimester of pregnancy until at least two years of age. These fatty acids are required for growth as well as retinal and central nervous system development and function. Human breast milk provides DHA and ARA…

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Is Bifidobacteria Good for My Infant? Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Early-Life Intervention with Bifidobacteria on the Healthy Infant Fecal Microbiota and Metabolome

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Bifidobacterium

Bifidobacteria is a kind of anaerobic (i.e., lives without oxygen) bacteria that normally inhabit people’s gut and help with food digestion. Bifidobacteria are one of the major genera of bacteria that make up the colon flora in humans and other mammals. One of the most important characteristics of bifidobacteria is that it is considered a…

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Prebiotics and Probiotics Ensure Infant Growth and Promote Gut Health Starter Formula Enriched in Prebiotics and Probiotics Ensures Normal Growth of Infants and Promotes Gut Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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Parenting Research Summaries

Breastfed infants are better protected against infections than formula-fed infants. Why? Because breast milk stimulates the development of bifidobacteria in the baby’s gut, and this bifidobacterium-rich microbiota has an important immunoprotective effect. New infant formulas attempt to incorporate some of the beneficial properties of breast milk. This includes the addition of prebiotics and probiotics, which…

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