Similac Advance infant formula powder is produced and manufactured by Abott Nutrition. Similac Advance is one of the more popular brands of infant formula and is commonly found as one of the main formulas for women on the WIC program. The ingredients on the label, however, may not be quite so easy to understand!
These ingredients are listed in order, from the ingredient found in the highest amount, to the ingredient found in the lowest amount.
Non-Fat Milk is often referred to as skim milk. The term skim milk is less commonly used in modern days because the name came from the action of “skimming” the fat off of the top of raw milk after it separated. Now, the process to remove the fat from milk is highly mechanical. Non-fat milk has undergone a special process to remove the fat from it.
Lactose is a sugar found in milk. Lactose is made up of two different types of sugars; glucose and galactose. In order for the body to use the sugars, the lactose must be broken down into the two smaller sugars, galactose and glucose, by an enzyme known as lactase. Individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance are usually deficient in the lactase enzyme that allows the body to break lactose down into glucose and galactose.
High Oleic Safflower Oil
High oleic safflower oil is derived from the safflower plant and has been commercially available for more than thirty years. This oil is high in vitamin E, and contain high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids, however, they contain no omega 3’s and are therefore considered less nutrient-rich than flax oil and canola oil. High oleic safflower oil contains roughly 90% unsaturated fats and tend to be very refined. This oil is commonly used in cooking, as they are not easily damaged by heat.
Soy oil is derived from soybeans, which are processed in a way that allows the oils to be extracted from the beans and then refined. Soy oil is used in commercial food production, as well as home use. Soy oil is tasteless and does not affect the flavor of foods it is added to or used to cook.
Non-virgin coconut oil is derived from the dried meat of the coconut. The oil immediately derived from the dried coconut is not suitable for human consumption and must be refined. The ending oil is often hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated due to the low melting point of coconut oil.
Galactooligosaccharides, also known as oligogalactosyllactose, oligogalactose, oligolactose or transgalactooligosacchariden, belong to a group of prebiotics; non-digestible nutrients that serve as an energy source to the friendly bacteria located in the intestines.
Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey protein is one of the two proteins found in cow’s milk; casein and whey. Whey protein is believed to be the “gold standard” in protein, as it is considered the most nutritious protein available.
LESS THAN 2% OF THE FOLLOWING:
C. Cohnii Oil
C. Cohnii Oil, also known as Crypthecodinium Cohnii oil, is derived from from a microalgae. This dinoflagellate has been established as a good producer of DHA, or Docosahexaenoic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid that promotes healthy development of the brain, nervous system and vision in infants. DHA is also thought to lower the risk of heart disease.
M. Alpina Oil
M alpina oil, also known as Mortierella alpina oil, is derived from a fungus and is believed to be a source of ARA, or Arachidonic acid; a long-chain fatty acid that is believed to play a role in the brain development of infants. ARA is believed to support hormones that play roles in the clotting of blood and immune function.
Beta-Carotene is a group of red, yellow and orange pigments belonging to a group of known as carotenoids. These carotenoids provide roughly half of all the vitamin A needed in the body.
Lutein is concentrated in the retinas of the eyes and plays a crucial role in eyesight. Lutein is also believed to reduce the risk of heart disease. Lutein is naturally found in high amounts in orange and yellow vegetables, as well as in dark, green, leafy vegetables.
Lycopene is a part of the carotenoids group, which provide roughly half of the body’s needed amount of vitamin A per day. Lycopene is believed to lower the risk of cancer and heart disease, however, studies are inconclusive in their findings. Lycopene is naturally found in high amounts in tomatoes.
Potassium citrate is crucial to the body as it helps reduce acid levels in the blood and in the urine, which may help to prevent kidney stones. Potassium citrate also plays a role in cardiovascular function.
Calcium carbonate is used to provide the body with calcium, a mineral essential for the development of bones. Calcium carbonate also plays a role in neutralizing heartburn, stomach acid, indigestion and upset stomach.
Ascorbic acid, commonly known as vitamin C, plays a key role in the growth and repair of tissues in the body. Ascorbic acid is largely responsible for the production of collagen, a substance that helps to form the skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is also known to act as an antioxidant, providing protection from harmful free radicals.
Soy lecithin is a byproduct of soy oil. Soy lecithin is a good source of choline, which is healthy for the development of the heart and brain. Soy lecithin is often used as an emulsifier; a substance that holds other substances together.
Potassium chloride is a compound made up of both potassium and chlorine. Potassium chloride is found in nature as a salt. Potassium is critical for maintaining normal bodily functions, such as the beating of the heart, nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction and kidney function. Potassium is essential in the electrolyte compounds found within the body and may help treat and prevent dehydration.
Magnesium chloride is a mineral essential to the proper functioning of the muscles, bones, heart and nerves.
Ferrous sulfate, more commonly known as iron, is critical to the body’s ability to produce red blood cells. Ferrous sulfate is used to treat and prevent anemia; a lack of red blood cells.
Choline bitartrate is grouped with the B-complex vitamins and plays a major role in the development of substances, such as acetylcholine, that help promote cognitive function. Choline also plays a key role in the development of cells and their structure.
Choline chloride is found concentrated in the tissues of the nervous system and is necessary for the proper functioning of the brain and neurotransmitters.
Ascorbyl palmitate is a derivative of ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is water soluble, while ascorbyl palmitate is fat soluble, meaning it is stored in the body’s fat cells. Ascorbyl palmitate, much like ascorbic acid, plays a key role in the development of collagen, as well as supporting the immune system.
Sodium chloride, more commonly known as salt, is essential towards the regulation of hydration in the body. The body requires sodium chloride for the generation and transmission of electrical impulses throughout.
Taurine is an amino acid found in high levels in the human heart and skeleton. Taurine is the main component of bile and aids in the digestion of fat and vitamins that are fat soluble. Taurine is also believed to aid in vision development in infants.
M-Inositol belongs to the b-complex vitamin group. In studies, the specific action of m-Inositol is unclear, however, it has been determined that m-Inositol is essential for proper growth and development, despite the mystery behind its actions.
Zinc sulfate plays a crucial role in several enzymes critical for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates. Zinc sulfate also aids in the healing of wounds, normal growth and development, hydration of the skin and both the sense of taste and smell.
Tocopherols are a set of chemically similar substances, many of which contain vitamin E; a vitamin essential for healthy skin.
d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate is derived from vegetable oils and is an synthetic form of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant helping to neutralize free radicals in the body.
Niacinamide is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, more commonly known as vitamin B-3. Niacinamide is proven to maintain the normal functioning of the skin, nerves and digestive tract, correct niacin deficiencies, dilate the blood vessels, aid in the release of energy from digested foods, and synthesizing DNA.
Calcium Pantothenate, also known pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5. Calcium Pantothenate is produced in the intestines and is necessary for the release of energy from carbohydrates and the breakdown and synthesis of fatty acids.
L-carnitine is an amino acids that naturally occurs within the body. L-Carnitine plays a key role in the metabolism of fat, as well as a transporter of fatty acids within the mitochondria of a cell.
Vitamin A Palmitate
Vitamin A Palmitate is an artificial form of the vitamin A naturally found in plant and animal sources. Vitamin A palmitate is used to replace the vitamin A lost during the fat-removal process used to make dairy products, such as milk, fat-free.
Cupric Sulfate, more commonly known as copper, is required in trace amounts by the body. Cupric sulfate aids in the body’s absorption, storage and metabolism of iron in the blood. Cupric sulfate also aids in the production of collagen, myelin and melanin.
Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride
Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, more commonly known as thiamin or vitamin B1, is crucial for neurological function. A deficiency of thiamine chloride hydrochloride is known to cause neurological disease. Thiamine chloride hydrochloride aids digestion and normal functioning of the heart and muscles.
Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, plays a critical role in the development of red blood cells, releasing energy found in carbohydrates, and normal bodily growth.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, also known as vitamin B6, is essential for the production of red blood cells, as well as nervous system and immune system functioning. Vitamin B6 is commonly used to treat nausea as well.
Folic acid is a b-complex vitamin used to help the body produce new cells. Folic acid plays a critical role in the growth and development of the human body.
Manganese sulfate is a mineral naturally found in small amounts in human tissue; primarily in the bones, live, kidney and pancreas. Manganese sulfate plays a large role in the development of connective tissue s, bones, and sex hormones. Manganese sulfate aids in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, as well as blood sugar regulation.
Phylloquinone, also known as vitamin K1, is an important vitamin essential to the blood’s ability to clot.
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin essential for the formation of glucos and fatty acids. The fatty acids and glucose are crucial for the production of energy. Biotin also aids in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Sodium Selenate is a mineral that aids the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which rids the body of destructive oxidating molecules.
Vitamin D3 is crucial to calcium absorption and functions as both a vitamin and a hormone. Vitamin D3 binds with calcium, allowing the body to absorb and use the calcium it ingests. Without vitamin D3, calcium cannot be absorbed.
Cyanocobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, which is essential to the growth of the body, cell reproduction, and myelin synthesis.
Calcium phosphate is the main substance making up the teeth and bones found in the human body. Calcium phosphate is responsible for strengthening the teeth and bones.
Potassium phosphate is an essential part of the human diet. Potassium phosphate acts as a pH buffer and helps to replace and restore lost electrolytes in the human body.
Potassium hydroxide is used to prolong and lengthen the shelf-life of food products.
(Adenosine 5′-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5′-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5′-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5′-Monophosphate)
Nucleotides are responsible for the formation of DNA and RNA. Nucleotides also play a role in the enzyme reactions within the body, the production of chemical energy and the signals transmitted between cells.