The role of essential fatty acids in neural development: implications for perinatal nutrition

The brain is 60% structural lipid, which universally uses arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid for growth, function, and integrity

M A Crawford

2018

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  • The brain is 60% structural lipid, which universally uses arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid for growth, function, and integrity
  • Experimental evidence in animals has demonstrated that the effect of essential fatty acid deficiency during early brain development is deleterious and permanent
  • Babies born of low birth weight or prematurely are most likely to have been born to mothers who were inadequately nourished, and the babies tend to be born with AA and DHA deficits
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