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[Science Updates] Human milk as source of sphingolipids for newborns

[Science Updates] Human milk as source of sphingolipids for newborns

This study found levels of sphingolipids including sphingomyelin, ceramide and dihydroceramide species in human milk samples are not influenced by maternal diet during pregnancy or lactation, whether it was Mediterranean, carnivorous or vegetarian. The sphingolipids are present in high concentration in human milk, and a better source than infant formulas in general, pointing out the importance of sphingolipids in infant nutrition in terms of brain development and cognitive functions.

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Reference

Dei Cas M et al. Human breast milk as source of sphingolipids for newborns: comparison with infant formulas and commercial cow’s milk. J Transl Med. 2020;18:481. 

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