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Nutr Neurosci. 2014 Jan;17(1):1-6. doi: 10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000068. Epub 2013 Nov 26.

Acceleration of reflex maturation and physical development in suckling rats: effects of a maternal diet containing lipids from goat milk.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of lipids from goat milk containing conjugated linoleic acids on body weight and reflex ontogeny of neonatal rats treated during the prenatal and suckling periods.

METHODS:

Three groups were studied: soybean oil (S), coconut oil (C), and goat milk lipids (GM). Reflex maturation (palm grasp, righting reflex, cliff avoidance, vibrissae placing, negative geotaxis, auditory startle, and free-fall righting) as well as body weight evolution were recorded during lactation.

RESULTS:

Data demonstrated that the lipids from goat milk accelerated body weight evolution as well as all the reflex maturation investigated (P < 0.05).

DISCUSSION:

The supply of goat's milk offered to Wistar rats during pregnancy and lactation provided a variety of fatty acids necessary to accelerate the development of offspring.

KEYWORDS:

Conjugated linoleic acid; Development; Goat milk; Rats

PMID:
23676313
DOI:
10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000068
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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