As a parent, you're probably used to seeing acronyms such as AA and DHA when shopping for growing up milk
Wanting only the best for our kids, parents understand the importance of balanced nutrition.
While the science is complicated, the gist of it is that AA and DHA are essential fatty acids, which are crucial in early life, to support brain and eye development as well as caring for little tummies.
With constant new advances and breakthroughs in growing up milk, it can certainly be overwhelming for parents to keep up and choose one that's right for their child.
The new parenting buzzword in growing up milk is 2'-FL. But what is it exactly?
According to Dr Mark Underwood, Chief of Paediatric Neonatology and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of California Davis, 70% of the immune system is located in the gut.*
That's why prebiotics are important. They strengthen digestive systems, which in turn strengthen immune systems. Further research suggests that some little ones have stronger immune systems than others, and this may be, in part, due to 2’-FL.
2'-FL is a oligosaccharide that feeds healthy bacteria in the gut. This prebiotic nourishes the natural body defense system and supports the immune system in young children.
As a prebiotic, 2'-FL stimulates the growth of good bacteria by serving as a source of food for them.
This results in multiple benefits:
- Reduction of gastrointestinal infections
- Reduction of respiratory infections
- Increase in healthy substances in the gut, such as short chain fatty acids, which help the gut and immune system mature and develop**
Advances in nutritional science and technology now make it possible to replicate a structurally identical version of 2’-FL
This breakthrough innovation from Abbott, a leader in paediatric nutrition, offers parents nutrition to support healthy growth, development, and protection for their little ones.
Similac Gain Plus Gold is the pioneer that provides dual immunity because of the availability of 2'-FL and nucleotides.
While 2'-FL nourishes your child's gut and strengthens their immune system, nucleotides are the building blocks of DNA, which produces antibodies to fight any pathogens that enter the body.
With your child protected, you can focus on nourishing brain development with the Eye-Q system
The Eye-Q system contains a unique blend of 10 key nutrients for overall brain development to support faster learning.
Similac Gain Plus and Gain Kid are the world's first formula with 2'-FL and nucleotides, and EYE-Q system.
Similac Gain Plus and Gain Kid Gold with 2’-FL is now better, with the same price
*Marriage B.J., et al. (2015). Infants Fed a Lower Calorie Formula With 2′FL Show Growth and 2′FL Uptake Like Breast-Fed Infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Dec; 61(6): 649–658. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000889
**Duska-McEwen G., et al. (2014). Human Milk Oligosaccharides Enhance Innate Immunity to Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Influenza in Vitro. Food Nutr Sci 2014; 5: 1387–1398. doi:10.4236/fns.2014.514151
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