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Eggs can boost infants' brain development

Children aged 6-9 months were randomly assigned to be given one egg per day for six months, versus a control group, which did not receive eggs

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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Feeding to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains, according to a study.

The research, published in of Clinical Nutrition, found that infants who were in introduced to beginning at six months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of choline, other biomarkers in choline pathways, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

"have been consumed throughout human history, but the full potential of this nutritionally complete has yet to be recognised in many resource-poor settings around the world," said Lora Iannotti, from the University, in the US.

Choline (a nutrient that acts like vitamin B) and DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid that serves as a structural component of the brain) play vital roles in and function.

"Like milk or seeds, are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content," Iannotti said.

"provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal products, but they are relatively more affordable," Iannotti said.

deliver their nutrients in holistic package, or "matrix," which improves absorption and metabolism, Iannotti said.

Children aged 6-9 months were randomly assigned to be given one per day for six months, versus a control group, which did not receive

The results showed that early introduction of significantly improved linear growth and reduced stunting among infants who were introduced to beginning at 6 months.

First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 00:19 IST