There is nothing like a mother’s love. A mother’s devotion to her child comes straight from her heart. She wishes her child to have a healthy body, mind and spirit so he or she can be a well-rounded individual and so much more – a smart, successful, responsible and well-respected human being. From providing nutrition to nurturing the best values in life, a mother’s instinct is to give everything her child needs to grow and develop.
Omega 3 and Omega 6 Are Vital to Your Child’s Brain and Cognitive Development
When it comes to nutrition, DHA (or docosahexaenoic acid) is important to a child’s brain development. DHA is an omega 3 fatty acid and accounts for 40% of fatty acids in your child’s brain. Besides consuming DHA directly from milk and food, your child’s body can also produce DHA naturally through ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid).
Your child also needs AA, or arachidonic acid. AA is a type of omega 6 fatty acid that is found abundantly in your child’s brain. It is important to ensure balance between omega 3 and omega 6 in your little one’s diet. This is because adequate omega 3 and omega 6 consumption can help your child in learning abilities and cognitive skills.
But your child needs more than DHA for balanced nutrition, according to Asst. Prof. Dr. Satvinder Kaur, Head of Programme for Nutrition with Wellness of Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University. For optimum physical and mental development, your child needs a combination of various nutrients like omega 3, omega 6 fatty acid, fibre, and vitamins & minerals (e.g. vitamin B Complex, Zinc, Iodine and Iron).
Fibre for Your Child’s Digestive Health
Besides brain development, your child’s digestive health must also be given some tender loving care, to ensure your child absorbs essential nutrients optimally. A healthy digestive system can also fortify your child against infection and health issues such as constipation. lcFOS (long-chain fructooligosaccharides) is a type of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre can help maintain on intestinal environment suitable for good bacteria and build your child’s resilience against sickness.
Vitamins and Minerals to Strengthen Your Child’s Bones, Eyes and Muscles
Vitamins and minerals are equally important in the health and development of your child’s bones, eyes, muscles and more. Your child needs vitamin B Complex, A, C, D and E, as well as minerals such as Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Iodine and Magnesium to ensure your child grows healthy and strong.
Unfortunately, many Malaysian children still suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is vital in Calcium absorption, thus playing a vital role in healthy bone development. According to Dr Cheong Hon Kin, Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist at KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital, “Vitamin D also has a role in the immune system that could potentially affect the development of allergic diseases, infections, and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes mellitus and multiple sclerosis.”
A Well-Balanced Diet Is Key
Therefore, you should always ensure a healthy diet for your child — one that is well-balanced and includes all the vital nutrients, vitamins, fibre and minerals he needs. With a healthy diet, your child can grow up with optimum development, and be so much more with your love.
For any questions about your child’s diet or nutrition, you may call Dugro® 24-Hour Careline, at 1800 30 1038. Dugro® Careline is staffed by expert nutritionists, dieticians, and former nurses who are also mothers themselves. They are ready to serve and help you at any time.
Dugro® is formulated with the highest DHA*, omega 3, omega 6, lcFOS fibre, and 15 essential vitamins and minerals, for mothers who always want to give their child so much more nutrition. Dugro® is your trusted partner in motherhood. Together, you and Dugro® let your child be so much more.
*Based on the amount of DHA / serving in category GUM3+ of the same price range (<RM30/kg) as of Dec 2017.