Nutrient for Optimal Brain Development
The presence of salylated human milk oligosaccharides in human milk is one potential explanation for the better early neurodevelopment of breastfed infants. Premature babies nourished through their first months of life with mothers’ milk show significantly higher developmental scores and a better verbal behavior at the age of seven to eight years.
Sialic acid is an important building block for gangliosides in the brain, which are complex molecules displayed on the surface of neurons with a key role in brain development. According to current findings, these rare sugars play an essential role in the transmission of nerve impulses along neurons, in the formation of memories, and in cell-to-cell communication.
Sialic acid is highly concentrated in human milk in the form of sialylated human milk oligosaccharides. Scientific studies assume that the consumption of these sialylated sugars may contribute to neural development and brain cognition.
It has already been shown that consuming sialic acid sustainably improves learning ability. Sialylated human milk oligosaccharides may therefore provide an important nutrient for the development of the nervous system in children.