The Learning Lead - Volume 5, Issue 1 2018 - Early Life Nutrition May Infl uence Developmental Myelination and Cognition
Thursday, Aug 23, 2018
Previous studies have shown both the differences in myelination between exclusively breastfed and exclusively formula-fed infants. This milestone publication also looks at how the varying nutritional composition of different formulas may impact not only myelination but also differences in cognitive outcomes. It discusses using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques to examine longitudinal trajectories of myelination and measurements of cognition and assessing the role played by nutritional composition on these outcomes.
Myelination supports cognitive and behavioral functioning due to its vital role in brain connectivity during early neurodevelopment. Studies have shown that myelination and cognitive outcomes may be impacted by early life nutrition, and that human milk provides the best outcomes.