Effects of dietary omega-3 intake on vigilant attention and resting-state functional connectivity in neurotypical children and adolescents

Hugo A.E. Morandini, Pradeep Rao, Sean D. Hood, Kristi Griffiths, Timothy J. Silk, Florian D. Zepf

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Abstract

Background: Vigilant Attention (VA) is a critical cognitive function allowing to maintain our attention, particularly in redundant or intellectually unchallenging situations. Evidence has shown that, as the brain develops, VA abilities rapidly improve throughout childhood and adolescence. Dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), playing a critical role for proper brain development and maturation of cortical regions, may contribute to variations in VA abilities. Objective: The present study investigated the effect of dietary omega-3 PUFA intake (docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)) on resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) of a meta-analytically defined VA network in 24 neurotypical children and adolescents (7.3–17.2 years) from the Healthy Brain Network databank. Methods: Functional MRI and phenotypical information were collected from the Healthy Brain Network databank. Intake of omega-3 DHA and EPA was assessed using a food frequency questionnaire and was adjusted for total calorie intake. Out of scanner VA-related performance was assessed using the VA condition of the Adaptive Cognitive Evaluation tool. Results: Overall, reported intake of omega-3 PUFA was not significantly associated with VA-related performance. Furthermore, energy-adjusted omega-3 intake was not significantly correlated with rsFC within the VA network. A complementary whole-brain analysis revealed that energy-adjusted omega-3 intake was correlated with decreased rsFC between parieto-occipital brain regions. Conclusion: The present study was not able to detect a relationship between dietary omega-3 and rsFC or VA performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNutritional Neuroscience
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

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