Infant nutrition


Supporting cognitive performance
Multiple factors influence the cognitive development of infants in early life – nutrition being one of them. Phospholipids and gangliosides are bioactive lipids important for the development of the central nervous system and cognitive performance.

Phospholipids can be obtained from several sources but only bovine milk has a similar phospholipid profile to human milk. We have developed a unique source of phospholipids, thus enabling you to mimic the phospholipid profile of human milk in infant formula. By addition of Lacprodan® PL-20 to infant formula, formula fed infants gain similar phospholipid benefits as breastfed infants.

Recent results from a number of infant clinical trials have demonstrated a link between phospholipids, gangliosides and infant cognitive development. A new study[1] has shown that feeding infants infant formula supplemented with phospholipids and gangliosides results in improved cognitive development at year one compared to a standard formula (for more information see also phospholipids & MFGM). Additionally, supplementation of an infant formula with phospholipids and gangliosides to enhance the ganglioside content appeared to have a beneficial effect on cognitive development in healthy infants. Finally, a study examining the effects of sphingomyelin, on the cognitive development of premature infants has shown positive association with neurodevelopment. 

Benefits associated with phospholipids and gangliosides:

  • Important in neuronal and cognitive development
  • Only source of phospholipid matching the profile found in human milk

Phospholipids - product range

  • Lacprodan® PL-20: milk protein concentrate with min. 16% naturally derived phospholipids, sphingolipids and gangliosides and 55% protein concentrate approx. dry matter

Timby et al. 2014. Am J Clin Nutr. 99: 860-868, Gurnida et al. 2012. Early Hum Dev. 88: 596-601, Tanaka et al. 2012. Brain Dev 35: 45-52.

[1] This study has been performed by Hero.

Using infant formulas is second to breastfeeding, a fact supported by WHO.
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