There are presently no specific recommendations on how much DHA and ARA are needed in formula. The DHA and ARA used in Baby’s Only Organic® formulas are from the fats, called phospholipids, in egg yolk. All other companies’ formulas use a DHA and ARA from algae and fungus. Because phospholipids are better absorbed than triglycerides, the amounts present in Baby’s Only Organic® formulas with DHA & ARA and the 1:2 ratio of DHA to ARA are appropriate and safe and within the guidelines of the Institute of Medicine.1 Also, a full-term healthy baby has the capability of converting the essential fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) to DHA and ARA.
High doses of omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and omega-6 fatty acids like ARA can cause gastrointestinal upset, loose stools or diarrhea.2 Excessive amounts of DHA could also cause some disruption to the immune system and excessive bleeding. 2
The typical American diet with reliance on highly processed foods and fatty foods is high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats resulting in chronic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease later in life. Current recommendations suggest increasing the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy diet and providing a better balance or ratio between omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. 3 The levels of DHA and ARA added to Baby’s Only Organic® form,ulas with DHA & ARA Formula are not considered high and also are in an appropriate ratio to promote good growth and development in babies and young children.