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Breast Milk Best For The Heart

Written by Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Adding polyunsaturated fatty acids to infant formula milk can lower blood pressure later in childhood - and may cut the risk of heart disease much later in life.

Researchers have linked breast feeding in infancy to lower blood pressure during childhood. Studies have shown that children who were breast fed for at least three months had lower systolic (upper reading) and diastolic (lower reading) blood pressures in later childhood and adolescence than children who were formula fed (Wilson et al. 1998).

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