How Nutrients Pave The Path To Cognitive Wellbeing

Published Date : 10th October 2018

Nutrients are elements or compounds that are vital for human growth, development and functioning. Macronutrients, which are protein, fat and carbohydrates, provide energy, but also have other roles. You need large amounts of these nutrients on a daily basis. Micronutrients, required in lesser amounts, are vitamins and minerals that are vital components of biological processes occurring throughout your body. Having a balanced diet and eating a variety of foods from all food groups ensures that you get all the nutrients you need each day.

In today’s world, a child’s growth and rapidly developing cognitive skills call for a holistic diet enriched with a variety of nutrients. In this competitive world, parents can no more take a back seat and let things happen as they do. As a parent, you must be mindful that your child should not just eat to avoid hunger, but should eat to build a strong immune system, maximize growth and ensure outstanding performance in all spheres of life.

To initiate this path to wellbeing, let’s read about the role of essential nutrients for cognitive development and growth in children and adults.

Vitamin A

It is a fat-soluble micronutrient and is one of the important micronutrients that needs to be included in our diet. Dietary vitamin A supplementation is believed to improve learning and memory and can ameliorate cognitive decline associated with normal aging. Vitamin A also regulates various neurological processes in growing children.

Vitamin B5

Also known as Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin, which is required to synthesize and metabolise proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

Vitamin B7

Formerly known as Vitamin H, Vitamin B7 (or Biotin) is another water-soluble vitamin and is required as a cofactor for carboxylase enzymes that are important in the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 benefits the central nervous system in many important ways: It helps maintain the health of nerve cells — including those needed for neurotransmitter signalling, and helps form the protective covering of nerves, called the cell’s myelin sheath. One in three adolescents in the National Capital Region (NCR) suffers from vitamin B12 deficiency, which raises the risk of cardiovascular and neurological disorders in adult life. Researchers have said that this may be linked to low intake of animal and dairy products. The study, which is India's largest paediatric assessment relating to this micronutrient, analysed vitamin B12 levels in 2,403 children, aged between 11 and 17, across a range of socio-economic groups. It found a deficiency prevalence of 32.4 per cent, with the deficiency levels being higher among overweight and obese children.

Vitamin D2

Besides its classical function of bone metabolism regulation, vitamin D exhibits multiple biological targets mediated by its nuclear hormone receptor, the vitamin D receptor (VDR). Specific actions on target organs such as the central nervous system (CNS) have been described, providing evidence for a neurosteroid action of vitamin D.

Vitamin E

The α-tocopherol form of vitamin E is an important lipid-soluble antioxidant. In the brain and other tissues, vitamin E plays an important role in preventing oxidant-induced lipid destruction and is therefore vital in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes. Accordingly, vitamin E deficiency causes lipid peroxidation in brain tissues. Severe vitamin E deficiency might even result in neurological symptoms, including impaired balance and coordination (ataxia), injury to the sensory nerves (peripheral neuropathy), muscle weakness (myopathy), and damage to the retina of the eye (pigmented retinopathy).

Thus, health food drinks are essential to support proper growth and development. These days our diets fail to offer adequate nutrition, and this leads to sluggish growth and improper development of the human body. Health food drinks like Maltwin have 24 vital nutrients and minerals that can support your child and help him/her achieve peak development by providing a balanced, wholesome, and nutritious diet. These micronutrients strengthen bones, enhance growth, improve metabolism, build immunity, and augment brain development.

The unique blend of micronutrients in Maltwin, ensures most of your daily nutrition requirements and helps you stay fit, active, and ready to take on any challenge!

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