How LCPs support development
Oily fish, like mackerel, are a great source of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs). LCPs are the building blocks of the fats that help make up our tissues and contribute to the normal functioning of our bodies. They’re important for your own health and also support your baby's growth, particularly with regard to their visual development.
What are LCPs?
Omega 3 and 6 are two types of fatty acid (LCPs) that play an important role in your baby’s cognitive development and contribute to the health of their heart. Your body is unable to make these fats, which makes them a crucial part of a well-balanced diet.
Omega 3 supports your baby’s heart, brain and vision
You may already know that Omega 3 can keep your heart healthy. It also plays an important role in your baby’s rapidly-developing brain, as well as their nervous system and vision. An adequate and appropriately balanced supply of Omega 3 is required for normal brain function (thinking, learning and understanding), both during early development and throughout life.
Oily fish are the richest source of Omega 3, so aim to eat two portions per week. You could try poached salmon, sardines or grilled mackerel. For non-fish sources you could try a Waldorf salad with walnuts, or an Omega 3-enriched egg salad with a handful of nuts.
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