Brain Connectivity and Faster Brains: Connecting the Dots With Nutrition

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Topic(s): Neuroscience

Neurodevelopment during the early years of life is an intricate, multifaceted process. One of many dimensions of brain development is cognition. Myelination of the central nervous system is pivotal in laying the foundation for brain connectivity, maturation of brain networks, co-ordinated information processing, the advent of cognitive functioning, and eventually cognitive performance in infants and children.

Infants who received formula compositions with higher levels of docosahexaenoic acid, arachidonic acid, phosphatidylcholine, sphingomyelin, iron, and folic acid showed increased levels of myelin development.

Furthermore, higher levels of phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin were associated with increased myelination across the brain, rather than in specific regions Research shows us that sphingomyelin intake during the early years of life has a positive impression on myelination as well as later cognitive development.

Sphingomyelin intake during the early years of life has a positive impression on myelination as well as later cognitive development.

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Dr. Rahul Verma
Consultant and Head

Neonatology and General Paediatrics
Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre
Mumbai