Dietary Lipids for Healthy Brain Function

Claude Leray

May 25, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 236 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138035256 - CAT# K31694

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Features

  • Provides a thorough review on how nutrients, particularly lipids, stimulate the human brain.
  • Demonstrates the connection that essential fatty acids have on diseases including depression, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia.
  • Reviews nutritional roles in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

Summary

Our brain is recognized by all specialists as the most complex entity created in nature. Regarding the extraordinary capacities of its functioning, still incompletely known, the control of the brain by our dietary lipids may seem very improbable to many people. Yet, research has shown that an imbalance in the intake of essential fatty acids is related to conditions as prevalent as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Research on psychological disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, aggressiveness and suicidal behavior are discussed in this text. Several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis are also explored.

Several observations prove that not only are omega-3 fatty acids actively involved in maintaining the noble functions of our brain, but other lipids, including cholesterol, liposoluble vitamins (A, D and E) and some carotenoids play roles as well and are presented in this book. Dietary Lipids for Healthy Brain Function focuses on this important research for human health. This book brings readers, doctors, dietitians and nutritionists arguments that could improve brain development in young people, prevent many nervous diseases and slow down the age-related decline of higher brain functions. This book provides helpful information to improve health in the young as well in the old, using practical and personalized recommendations for preventing and treating nervous pathologies. 

Features:

• Focuses on the importance of dietary lipids on the proper brain functioning.

• Provides relevant references demonstrating the efficiency of dietary lipids to maintain a healthy brain.

• Introduces lipid sources and describes their roles by lipid groups in behavior issues and various chronic nervous diseases.