What are Nucleotides?

Nucleotides are found in all living cells of the body.

They are nutritional substances that are used as the basic building blocks of essential parts of the cell contents.

One of the most important functions of nucleotides is to form the backbone of our DNA and RNA, and they are often described as the ‘building blocks of life’.

Nucleotides – The Building Blocks of Life

If nucleotides are so important, why haven't I heard more about them?

Well, put simply, you probably have.

Certainly, if you are a woman who has ever had a baby you'll have seen them mentioned, particularly if you were unable to breast feed.

Most brands of infant formula milk contain nucleotides - which normally occur naturally in breast milk. They are added to help develop the immune system; promote the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut; and aid the development of healthy gastrointestinal cells.