Kids' nutrition

Brain and cognitive health

The brain is one of the organs richest in lipid content. The phospholipids (glycerophospholipids and sphigolipids) make up a major part of the human brain lipids and are crucial for the structure and functioning of the brain.

Although nutrients are critical to the rapidly developing brain during the infant years, recent research on brain neurogenesis and plasticity confirms that good nutrition is important for optimal brain function throughout our lifecycle (childhood, adolescent, adulthood, and the senior years).

Relevant dietary phospholipids (PLs) in relation to brain development and cognitive performance include phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylserine (PS), sphingomyelin (SM) and the sialic-acid containing gangliosides.

Milk contains the complex range of phospholipids known to influence cognitive and mental performance and has a profile that perfectly matches the phospholipid profile of the human brain.

Lacprodan® PL-20 is a natural and non-synthetic milk protein concentrate rich in those special phospho- and sphingolipids needed to support developmental and maturational processes during childhood as well as being beneficial for the maintenance of brain health during ageing.

Lacprodan® PL-20 is ideal as a natural (non-synthetic) source of choline and phosphatidylserine (PS).

Age-associated memory impairment (AAMI)
Age-related decline in cognitive and mental performance has become a major societal concern for the rising ageing population worldwide. AAMI is a common condition characterized by mild memory decline that occurs in many adults as part of the normal ageing process. As we age, our brain shrinks in volume and concentration of phospholipids (PL) in the human brain decrease after 20 years of age. These changes may result in a declined memory and cognitive function.

Diet and lifestyle factors are known to influence this normal age-related cognitive decline and nutritional factors like dietary phospholipids hold the potential to alter the course.

Nutritional intervention studies with selected PL´s like PC and PS have shown beneficial effects for treating or slowing the progression of AAMI.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is one of the most studied of the phospholipids in regards to human clinical trials of dementia and cognitive decline. Results have shown that a daily intake of phosphatidylserine (PS) brings about significant improvements in older adults when it comes to behavior and cognitive performance. Dietary supplements of phosphatidylcholine (PC) have similarly been shown to enhance the memory and learning ability in an older population.

Improved working memory during stress
Working memory performance and function is known to be affected by age and impaired by acute and chronic2 psychological stress.

Clinical studies with Lacprodan® PL-20 have demonstrated improved working memory in stress-full environments after a 3-6 week intervention period.

Optimising children’s learning

The potential of a person to learn will never be greater than during childhood and adolescence. These are two very important periods in life where the brain continues to develop and mature and has higher needs for special nutrients like choline, phospholipids and gangliosides.

Related products: Lacprodan® PL-20, Lacprodan MFGM-10.