Enfamil and Simulac have developed new infant formulas that include important omega-3-fatty acids. These essential fatty acids cannot be made by our bodies are are impotant constituents of cell membranes as well as the meylin sheath of neurons in the brain. They also naturally occur in mother's breast milk. It is amazing how erogant we can be that either by divine design or evolution, mammals have the ability to provide the perfect food for their offspring and we think we can simply replace it with some synthetic substitute.
Hundreds of studies show the benifits of breast milk versus the deficiencies of formula. Some of formula's deficiencies include an average IQ lose of 5 points, as well as increased illness, greater severity of illness, and greater incidence of allergy problems. Research is showing us that omega-3-fatty acids play an important role as anti-inflammatory agents, immune modulators and decrease the risk of many autoimmune dieases as well as decreasing the incidence of eczema and asthma. They also play an important role in nerve meylination which could have significant effects in emotional and physical development, future mental health and coordination. Many infant formulas have had omega-3-fatty acids from the beginning and only emphasize it now because it is "en vogue".