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Phospholipids and Neurological Health


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A phospholipid is a fat with a phosphate group attached that can be found in the membranes of all cells. A cells outer and inner membranes are comprised of a double layer of phospholipid molecules derived from essential fatty acids and other nutrients. These lipids are both water repellant and water soluble. In the picture below individual phosophlipds are depicted in detail with the round head with tails. They form the "semi-permeable" "skin" of a cell, along with docking sites called channels that are used for inter-cellular communication/signalling and transmission of nourishment in and and proteins, products, and waste products the cell creates out.*

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In nerve cells, phospholipids plays several important roles. As an essential building block of cell membranes, They enhance membrane integrity and stimulate membrane repair. They also supports the functions of several important membrane proteins that station themselves like sentries along the phospholipid wall, where they perform a variety of important functions necessary for nerve cell message transmission. For example, they process enzymatic and hormonal signals from outside the cell. They catalyze (increase the rate of) the nerve cells mitochondrial energy production - and many individual within the autism spectrum have mitochondrial dysfunction. They facilitate the release of neurotransmitters. And they support the functions of the proteins in the neurotransmitter receptors of dendrites. As seen in the illustration below, neurons are interconnected through their dendrites which is where synapses of one neuron receive information from the dendrite of another neuron. Phospholipids assist in neurotransmitter synthesis, release, and activity. It also serves as a reservoir of raw material for the manufacture of eicosanoid (prostaglandin) molecules, which carry hormonal messages to nearby cells.*

Supporting the formation of lipids supports optimal neurlogical connectivity and health.  Several Autism Coach help to support the formation of lipids.  They can be found amongst those supplements supporting Neurological Health and include Phosphatidyl Serine, NT Factor. Also Omega 3 oils and lecithin provide the building blocks for support formation of lipids.