Nutrition and the Growing, Developing Brain
- Maureen M. Black, PhD
- University of Maryland
- In humans, the nutritional status of both parents affects the health of the offspring.
- The first 1000 days (from conception to 2 years’ post-birth) is critical for human brain development.
- Chronic stress can cause long-term damage to the brain and wears down immune system function, increasing the risk of mental illness and disease.
- Early experiences and learnings during “sensitive” and “critical” periods are paramount in shaping future cognition, highlighting the importance of appropriate socialization.