Unlike many nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in Krill Oil, cannot be created endogenously. Therefore, omega-3s must be obtained from the diet. When insufficient quantities of omega-3s exist, neural tissue may not develop properly. As a result, the incidence of suffering from a neurological or psychological disorder may be increased. Take a look at some of the key considerations for omega-3s and healthy brain development.
Omega-3s make up the building blocks of many different tissues in utero, or during pregnancy. According to the publication, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Pregnancy, authored by Jaclyn Coletta, Stacey Bell DSc, RD, and Ashley Roman MD, omega-3 fatty acids are critical factors in maintaining gestational length. In other words, the presence of omega-3s helps a woman carry a pregnancy to term. As a result, fetal brain tissue is able to fully develop in an appropriate manner.
When a premature birth occurs, the baby may be susceptible to breathing problems, poor cardiovascular function, and a greater risk of bleeding in the brain, explains the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, these post-birth complications may exist and cause lasting problems in the development of proper brain function.
Cognitive functioning is reliant on the successful transmission of electrical signals between neurons (brain cells). Theoretically, this transmission would require the entire surface of the neuron to change in electrical charge to generate the impulse. However, the human brain has evolved a complex relationship between glial cells and neurons to combat this issue.
Glial cells are actually a type of brain cell that secrete a myelin sheath around existing neurons by wrapping themselves around the neuron tightly. Between parts of the sheath, which may be comprised of multiple glial cells, parts of the neuron called nodes are exposed. Since this results in a lower surface area of exposure of the neuron, the impulse is generated and carried on faster and more accurately. Essentially, the myelin sheath allows the impulse to jump from node to node, which helps ensure rapid, accurate transmission of brain signals to the appropriate location.
Myelin is a fatty material that is comprised of fatty acids, such as omega-3s, and protein fibers, asserts WebMD. However, the glial cells are incapable of generating this myelin sheath without a proper supply of nutrients, and the body’s inability to create omega-3s exemplifies the need to ingest omega-3s from the diet. For infants, the supply of omega-3s comes from the placenta in utero and the mother’s milk. This is why omega-3s are commonly included in many types of over-the-counter formulas.
As the body ages, myelin sheaths deteriorate to the unique characteristics of the individual. For example, the developing brain of adolescents begins to cull infrequently used neurons. Yet, myelin sheathes must be repaired throughout life as well. Ultimately, the need for omega-3s to regenerate such tissues will always be present.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient to healthy, consistent brain development and function. When these nutrients are unavailable, the consequences could be disastrous. Contact us to learn more about how Niveau™ could benefit your neural health.