Are there foods that we could be serving up to our kids that could make them that bit smarter?
In all honesty there are plenty of brain foods you could include in your child’s diet that could help improve their memory and in turn improve their learning and understanding. So in answer to the question originally posed – YES!!!
Our brains rely on a number of different factors in order to help provide them with the power that they need. As well as providing your child with the right kinds of foods, you need to make sure that they are getting enough exercise and enough sleep.
In this article I discuss 7 brain foods that you may find help to boost the way in which your child’s brain functions, which in turn could help to improve their grades or IQ in the future.
The good news is that if your child is a fussy eater and mine certainly are many of the beneficial compounds can be found in supplements. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations.
Although not mentioned in the article it’s worth investigating oils such as Coconut oils and Palm oils. These are high in MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which are quickly absorbed in to the blood stream and “Feed The Brain” resulting in higher levels of concentration and focus.
They are truly worthy of their own article which we are currently preparing so check back soon.
Are full of a nutrient known as flavonoid and which helps improve general thinking, learning and memory. Plus it also helps to slow down our decrease in mental abilities as we get older. Although using fresh blueberries is your best option, using ones that have been frozen, freeze dried or just dried out is okay as well.
Ok unfortunatly we aren’t talking about your average Hershey bar here In this case we are talking about the dark variety of chocolate which has been found to help boost the flow of blood to the brain. As a result of this it not only helps to boost the way your child may think but also the way they feel (moods). Most of these benefits are due to the presence of an antioxidant in the chocolate known as cocoa flavenol and caffeine.
If you were to get your child to eat olives regularly (not every day) it could prevent damage being caused to the brain as they grow older. Olives contain mono-unsaturated fat that cells in our bodies are able to absorb and this in turn results in more oxygen being transported to the brain. Why not include a few olives in your child’s lunch box or give them as a snack when they get home from school or just before dinner is to be served.
Along with containing a good source of mono-unsaturated fats as olives do, nuts also contain another nutrient that is vital and protects the brain from degenerative disorders caused through cell damage. The nutrient we are talking about here is Vitamin E. Again providing them or as a snack or mix some into your child’s cereal or top off some delicious greek yoghurt with them. For those of you who have children who are allergic to nuts replace them with seeds instead.
When eaten regularly fish seems to have an effect on not only the size (mass) of a persons brain, but can also help to slow down the brains ageing process. Including fish regularly in your child’s diet will ensure that they are getting sufficient amounts of Omega 3 fats in their diet which can help to not only boost memory but also concentration and problem solving. Ideally serve them at least 2 portions of fish each week especially the more fatty varieties such as mackerel, trout, halibut or salmon.
Like fish you’ll find this particular vegetable is rich in health Omega 3 fats and so will help to improve the flow of blood to the brain. A couple of ways to include it in your child’s diet would be to mash some up and use it as mayonnaise in a sandwich.
During the first 6 years of your child’s life their memory centre is developing and in order to help this process your child needs to be given a nutrient called choline. The yolk of just one egg contains around 200mg of this nutrient, which is nearly the amount needed by a child up to the age of 8 on a daily basis. Also each egg provides your child with a good source of Vitamins A & D, Iron, Folate all of which are vital to a child’s growth and development.