Did you know that one vitamin is extremely crucial when it comes to boosting children's brain power? Read on to find out!
Mummies, there may be one more reason to load up your kids on their greens – Natural Vitamin E! What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s the form of vitamin E that exists naturally in food.
You might have heard that a baby’s brain develops rapidly from birth until age 3, by which it would have grown up to 80% of the adult brain! This is that crucial period where the baby is constantly learning something new, to walk, to talk and to generally play around with his senses.
It is common knowledge that many different nutrients like DHA, AA, choline, taurine and lutein are vital for this rapid growth of the infant brain. Recently it has also been found out that vitamin E is as essential for brain development.
Apparently, Natural Vitamin E (NVE) or RRR-Vitamin E is more biologically active than the synthetic forms of vitamin E, which are typically found in fortified foods and supplements.
Talk by Abbott scientist Dr. Matthew J. Kuchan
Recently, we had the privilege of attending a talk by Dr Matthew J Kuchan (Senior Principal Research Scientist, Global Cognition Platform Lead, Center for Nutrition Learning and Memory, University of Illinois) at Abbott’s R&D Centre at the Biopolis, Singapore. Dr Kuchan has recently been researching extensively on the differences between natural and synthetic vitamin E on brain development. He had some fascinating insights to offer based on research in this area:
- Baby’s brain prefers Natural Vitamin E (NVE) over Synthetic Vitamin E: What’s more, crucial areas of the infant brain associated with visual, memory and language development have a greater concentration of Natural Vitamin E as opposed to the synthetic version.
- Breast milk is abundant in NVE: Nature seems to know what is best for the baby. NVE was found to be the predominant form of vitamin E in breast milk. Hence, breast milk is a great source of NVE for baby.
- Placenta prefers NVE: A study conducted elsewhere has found that the placenta preferentially transports NVE to the baby, so women who are pregnant should eat a balanced diet rich in NVE
- Natural Vitamin E might protect DHA from damage by free radicals: In fact, NVE, together with DHA and lutein have been shown to help enhance the forging of connections between neurons (brain cells).
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