Nutrition to help support better emotional & behavioral regulation
Experts have already established that the early years of a child's life is critical. This is the period when brain development is very active. Multitudes of nerve cell connections in the brain are developed with more than 60 million new ones formed each minute!2 The connections allow ultra rapid communication among nerve cells that conduct specific functions in various areas of the brain such as information processing, emotions modulation, learning and memory formation.2,3 These connections form what is called the "architecture" of the brain. Genetic disposition together with experiences help build brain architecture.2
Most recently, there is scientific evidence, which highlights the role that nutrients such as MFGM play in affecting children's behavior. Milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is a complex combination of lipids and proteins that is found in the brain.4 Research points to the components of MFGM that promote production and transmission of neurotransmitters5,6 (substances that participate in the creation of brain cell connections), thereby regulating mental abilities, emotions and mood.7 Preschool children who consumed milk formula that is enriched with MFGM for 4 months were evaluated by their parents and were found to have better behavioural and emotional regulation compared to children who drank standard formula.4
As already known, this early skills and capacity building during childhood will come to fruition due to their far-reaching impact on success in the adult years.2
This scientific breakthrough is good news for moms and kids as formulation research has kept abreast with this scientific development. With MFGM supplementing proper nutrition, along with the playtime, lessons, and guidance you give your child every day, you can help make sure he's well equipped for the future.
1National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Children’s emotional development Is built into the architecture of their brains: working paper no. 2. Available at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2004/04/Childrens-.... Accessed on 10 July 2017.
2Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Brain Architecture. Available at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/. Accessed on 10 July 2017.
3Perese EF. Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing: A Biopsychosocial Foundation for Practice. 2012. E. A. Davis Company. 1st ed. Pp. 69.
4Veereman-Wauters G, Staelens S, Rombaut R, et al. Milk fat globule membrane (INPULSE) enriched formula milk decreases febrile episodes and may improve behavioral regulation in young children. Nutrition 2012;28(7):749-52.
5El-Loly M. Composition, Properties and Nutritional Aspects of Milk Fat Globule Membrane – a Review. Pol. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2011; 61(1),7-32.
6Küllenberg D et al. Health effects of dietary phospholipids. Lipids in Health and Disease. 2012; 11(3),1-16.
7Banjari I et al. Brain food: how nutrition alters our mood and behavior. Hrana u zdravlju i bolesti, znanstveno-stručni časopis za nutricionizam i dijetetiku, 2014; 3(1),13-21.