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What are LCPs?

LCPs is short for ‘long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids’ which are a type of unsaturated fats that play many useful roles in the body.   Two of the most common LCPs are the omega 3 LCP known as DHA, and the omega 6 LCP known as AA. 

Where are LCPs found?

Both DHA and AA are found in breastmilk and have now been added to HiPP Organic infant milks. 

In 2008 an international panel of scientific and paediatric experts concluded that, based on the latest scientific research, the addition of LCPs to infant formulas is recommended. 

What do LCPs do?

AA and DHA are important components of the retina of the eye and of the brain and they are therefore of major importance during the visual and neurological development of young babies.  AA and DHA can be made from other fats in the diet by babies, but the ability to do so is very limited in the first few months of life, so a dietary source of AA and DHA is desirable to ensure optimum nutrition and development in bottle fed babies in the first 4-6 months of life.

Research has also shown that dietary supplementation with LCPs in infant formulas has been associated with lower blood pressure at the age of 6 years.  As there is often a link between blood pressure levels in childhood with those in adult life, early exposure to LCPs from breastmilk or formula might have lasting effects on reduced blood pressure and cardiovascular risk.  

Research on LCPs:

The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy - Koleztko - Abstract