What is MUFAs? Monounsaturated fatty acids are a healthy kind of fat. Substituting less healthy fats like trans and saturated fats with unsaturated fats, MUFAs can provide health benefits. Here are top 7 reasons how a MUFA-rich diet can help autistics:
Fat helps in nutrient absorption, cell signaling, and immune function.
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is omega-3 which serves mainly healing and inflammatory functions.
Human brains are very rich in fat, with two-thirds being fat, and 20 percent of that fat is a unique essential omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA (docosahexanoic acid).
DHA is a very old molecule that participates in the proper formation of myelin, which maintains the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which helps keep the brain safe from potentially harmful outside influences.
DHA is responsible for the critical development of the cortex, which makes possible higher-order thinking.
Without DHA the very sophisticated connections required for complex problem-solving, decision-making, and sustained attention are not formed correctly.
Lower levels of DHA in persons diagnosed with psychiatric disorders have been observed, including those with ASD and ADHD.
It is clear DHA is extremely vital for optimal brain development and function. The easiest way to get enough DHA is to add fatty fish in your diet.