BRAIN AND VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

August 02, 2020

BRAIN AND VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

Brain, mental, retinal, and visual acuity development, as well as physical growth, depending on the quality of the fat present in our brain. The chemistry of these fats influences the amount of brain cells; increasing or decreasing dendrites and synapses.

Brain Development

Docosahexaenoic (DHA) is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. It is one of the main structural fats in the constitution of neuronal membranes, especially at the cerebral level, and is present in approximately 30 to 40% of the phospholipids of the gray matter of the cerebral cortex. Our body does not produce DHA therefore it is necessary to incorporate it through diet or with food supplements. The third trimester of fetal development and in the first two years of the life of the human being, the brain presents a rapid growth and it is at that moment when the omega-3 requirements rise considerably. Alpha-Linolenic (ALA), the omega-3 present in chia seeds, is the precursor of DHA, that is, our body creates DHA from this fatty acid. Therefore, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consuming foods or supplements containing ALA and DHA will help your baby's fetal and neuronal development.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), present in SOW® supplements, is the omega-3 precursor of DHA.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consuming the SOW supplements containing ALA and DHA will help your baby's fetal and neuronal development. This is especially important in your third trimester of pregnancy and in the first two years of life since in these stages the brain of human beings presents a rapid growth that increases the requirement of omega-3. 

Visual development

Supplementing pregnant women with omega-3 is beneficial because a higher concentration of this acid in the fetus improves the visual development of the child. These fatty acids are nutrients found in high concentrations in the retina, the part of the eye responsible for transforming light energy into nerve energy. The deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy can result in a lower visual acuity of the newborn. Its consumption is also beneficial in women who are breastfeeding because omega-3 is transmitted to the newborn through breast milk.

Children

There is an increasing concern that many populations and groups, including children, are not consuming adequate levels of important omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to be important for visual and brain development in children, but also play an important role in balancing the availability of anti-inflammatory signals produced by immune cells.  Other important micronutrients for kids’ health include the antioxidant nutrients and the minerals magnesium, calcium, iron.

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