Formula Milk : What are Choline, Taurine, Lutein and Nucleotides?
You may have come across these scientific terms when purchasing your formula milk for your children. Here is a brief description of each one of them. You may search online or consult your doctor for detailed functions of each of these nutrition.
Taurine and its functions:
Taurine is commonly found in infant formula milk. It is an amino acid that can be produced by our human body. It plays an important role in detoxification and the regulation of nerve-cell activity.
Taurine is an antioxidant that can reduce the chance of retinal lesion and visual deterioration. Some researches had found that taurine could improve cognitive learning of the infant and children.
Taurine also help to reduce the risk of certain heart diseases through regulating the heartbeat and lowering of the blood pressure.
Taurine also can protect our body from exposure to toxic substances such as lead.
Choline and its functions:
Choline that can be found in many infant formula milk is an very essential nutrition.
Choline is critical for the brain and intelligence development of the infant and children.
Choline has also been found to be beneficial to the heart as it can lower bad cholesterol level. It also can help to prevent liver-related diseases.
Some scientists recommended daily intake of Choline of about 125mg for infant of 0 to 6 months old and 150mg for infants of 7 to 12 months old.
Lutein and its functions
Lutein can only be found in certain brand of formula milk.
Lutein is concentrated in the retinas of our human eyes and it is an important component for visual development of the infant and children by keeping our eyes safe from oxidative stress and high-energy content light such as blue light or ultraviolet radiation. It is so important to our eyes that some scientists call it the 'eye vitamin'.
Lutein can also reduce heart-related diseases through promoting healthier blood vessels.
Nucleotides and its functions
Nucleotides are found in all brands of formula milk for a good reason.
Nucleotides are biological molecules that are the building blocks of DNA (Nuclei acids) and RNA (Ribonucleic acid).
Nucleotides are very critical for the proper functioning of the immune system. When a person is injured or contracted a disease, some cells of that person's body need to be repaired and new cells need to be created. Nucleotides are important for all these functions. Specifically, it aids the faster recovery of patients suffering from diarrhea, liver-related illness and stress.
It also aids the immune system through the acceleration of the antibody production in the human body; it also increases the number of macrophages - cells that play many important roles in the immune system.