DHA & ARA in Formula.

Docosahexaenoic Acid and Arachidonic Acid. (The stuff we want from Omega 3 Fatty Acids as I understand)

Rather than trying to muddle out my own explanation of this, I will give you the link to a FAQ by the Cornucopia Institute. This report was done in 2008, I will try to find more recent information on this… But it still supports my message that Big Formula does not really care about our infants and that the government is often shielding them with inappropriate safety standards.


Few excerpts (The numbers you see in these refer you to citation at the bottom of the page listed above):
How are Martek’s DHA and ARA oils manufactured?
To obtain the DHASCO, microorganisms such as Crypthecodinium cohnii are first grown under tightly controlled fermentation conditions in a nutrient solution containing glucose and yeast extract. They are then harvested, and the oil is extracted by blending the dried algae with hexane, a toxic solvent that is a by-product of gasoline refining, in a continuous extraction process. The hexane then is removed from the oil by distillation techniques, using conventional oilseed process”

What are the adverse reactions experienced by some infants consuming DHA/ARA supplemented formula?
Watery, explosive diarrhea, in many cases long-term, is the most commonly reported side effect.
Vomiting, bloating, gastrointestinal discomfort, rashes, and seizures have also been reported.
These are quite serious complications and a vulnerable population.”

“Manufacturers claim that it is “as close as ever to breast milk,” so does formula with DHASCO and ARASCO confer the same benefits as breast milk?
No. Formula-fed infants—whether the formula contains DHA/ARA or not—have increased rates in the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants. Formula feeding is
correlated with an increase in incidence of insulin-dependent (type 1) and non-insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus.11
Formula-fed infants are also more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of life.12
As children and adults, formula-fed infants have an increased likelihood of developing
lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s disease; overweight and obesity; hypercholesterolemia; and asthma.13″

Basically, they grow algae and fungus in labs and use toxic chemicals in order to pull what they want out of it; this is not the suggested way to get these oils. Many professionals are concerned about this, but Big Formula and the government assure us there is nothing to worry about. Read up a bit and decide for yourself.

Sampling of letters in regard to FDA complaints about adverse reactions to DHA and ARA in formula.


Seriously, I was just looking for an organic baby formula that might be free from high levels of aluminum and doesn’t have all the ridiculously engineered additives and I came across this stuff.

It almost makes me want to stop looking, but I can’t help but wonder how deep this actually goes and I need to find a decent formula to use as a supplement. Any suggestions?


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