A common question asked by many parents is do we need DHA in formulas? What’s the purpose? Is it safe? Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid (PUFA) found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat found in the brain and eye accounting for up to 97% of the total omega-3 fats in the brain and up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in a specific part of the eye, called the retina. It is naturally found in breastmilk.
To answer the question, is it synthetic DHA safe? DHA in American formulas is hexane (a liquid deprived from petrolium) extracted from algae & it is NOT safe. Formula companies such as Similac have made claims that this oil has proven intelligence increase in infants. However, these studies have been performed outside of the big formulas companies to discover no such claim. Many hundreds of thousands of parents have seen the scary effects of what DHA does to their infants, including ourselves. When our son was 5 months old, we switched him over to Earths Best formula. I was made to believe synthetic DHA was something my son had to have based on all the marketing. Within hours, my son was having explosive diarrhea and acid reflux. This continued for about a week when we took him to the pediatrician who told us that there had been many reports that DHA caused this exact issue and advised us to switch formulas. We then switched to Baby’s Only, which constipated him so horribly that he was miserable. Thats how we discovered European formulas. Within 1 day, our son was able to sleep, no more acid reflux issues and he wouldn’t cry at the bottle.
So why would the FDA approve such a dangerous oil to be added to baby formulas without any adequate research on its effects? We find this to be the million dollar question about the baby formulas sold in the United States in general.
European formulas do not have added synthetic forms of DHA. The DHA that is in some of the formulas is naturally deprived from fish or vegetable oils. So why doesn’t the FDA approve European formulas to be sold here? Simply put, Europe has extremely high standards for their infant formulas, they will not allow for certain ingredients to be added to their formulas, and therefore it cannot be FDA approved. We find this very disturbing that ingredients that cause proven health issues in infants can be the only ones approved for consumption. We do know that there are people who work for Maretek (DHA producer) and Monsanto (GMO producer) that also play active roles in our government’s FDA. This of course is quite the conflict of interest.
We want parents to know that breast is best. But we understand, its not always possible for a variety of reasons and when this is the case, Udderly Organics supplies the best formulas in the world that meet 110% of your infants nutritional needs. Our formulas may not flash pretty charts with misleading facts about brain growth, but the formula will talk for itself. We always want parents to remember, there is never one formula that fits all. If your baby is not doing her best on one formula in particular, send us a email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to offer any advice we have available.
DHA extraction process from Algae