Food for the Brain: Helping Your Child to be Smarter
By Andrew Loh
It is back to school and you are on your toes to help your child
survive the daily routines of school. Most parents are so efficient
in helping their children get ready for the daily chores of the
classroom like books, papers, craft tools and pencils. But, they
tend to forget other equally important and critical things like
healthy and nutritious food supplements that ensure brain and
physical development. Eating proper food will help your kid grow
normally with a healthy and disease-free lifestyle. Good and healthy
foods will also ensure that your kids will remain active and
intelligent throughout their life. Available research findings
suggest that children who eat a nutritious diet tend to perform
better at school and in their career, when compared to those who are
malnourished and nutrition deficient.
Nutrition experts and researchers believe that certain food items
and nutritional ingredients can really enhance your child's brain
development and cognitive functions. These are the brain foods of
the century that almost all experts are trying to promote and
propagate among health conscious parents of the world. All parents
are so much concerned about the health of their children that they
pack big and fact lunch boxes in the school bags. But, in many cases
the quality of lunch and snacks that they pack seem to be
non-nutritious and junk in their nature. With all those fatty food
and processed junk eatables, segregating nutritious food from junk
is becoming increasingly difficult and strenuous for most of the
However, there is good news too! There are a number of brain foods
available in the grocery store near your home that can help your
child grow normally, improve concentration, enhance attention and
focus, increase academic performance and normalize brain functions.
Good nutrition is the cornerstone for optimized academic performance
and it is also essential for building and maintaining normal body
organs as well as sturdy bones.
Foods for the brain help your child develop and organize his or her life in
an efficient way. For optimum health and brain power, your child's
daily diet should contain the right amounts of certain critical
nutrients. Balance, distribution and variety are the important keys
of nutritious meal, and a perceived deficiency in just one important
nutrient can seriously impair your child's ability to perform well
in classroom and in professional life.
The first and the foremost parameter of your child's meal is the
biologically available energy resources that help cells in the body
produce more energy and vitality. Researchers suggest that both
complex and simple sugars should form an important component of the
diet. For example, almost all fruits provide copious amounts of
energy in the form of fructose and simple sucrose. A dash of fresh
fruit pieces in your child's lunch box will not only keep your child
energetic throughout the day, but also assist in develop increased
concentration level, as well as attention span.
Tip: Never ever allow your child to eat too much of refined and
sugary food because of their pronounced ill effects like dizziness,
irritability and mood swings.
Mysterious Amino Acids: Most of the amino acids have to be supplied
by the diet and deficiency in even one of the important amino acids
can impair a number of body functions. A complete protein rich diet
is an efficient plan that can enhance your child's basic building
blocks of the brain like neuro-transmitters and neuro-chemicals,
which are brain's messengers in transporting signals from the brain
cells to different parts of the body. Amino acids like tyrosine,
largely found in fish, dairy products, eggs, oats and turkey, can
enhance mood and increase mental alertness, while another critical
amino acid, phenylalanine, can regulate blood glucose levels and
maintain memory power and intricate mental processes.
Excellent fat resources: Dietary fat is perhaps the most important
component in your child's diet, and the type and quality of fat
largely influence the degree and level of brain development and
ability to think, store and retrieve memories and events. Useful fat
additives like Omega-3 fats are known to boost brain development in
children and help stop decline in the activities of the brain. Fish
oils, eggs, dry fruits and seeds are rich depositories of Omega-3
Beneficial vitamins and minerals: Brain functions in your child is
substantially enhanced or influenced by a number of essential
vitamins and minerals. Essential vitamins and critical minerals are
also very crucial for a number of other issues like production of
metal energy, enhancing immune system, and boost nervous system
Brain foods are always rich in the following nutrients and
Basic sugars like sucrose and fructose. Example- Oranges,
Avocado, Berries, Apricots, Apples and Grapes.
Biologically available proteins. Poultry meat, sea foods like
cods, sardines, mackerels, shrimps and shell fishes, Eggs, Turkey
and Red meat.
Essential fats: Soybean oil, corn oil, Omega-3 fats generated by
some fishes, dairy products, yogurt, limited quantities of cheese,
Fiber: Corn, Nuts, Seeds, Green leaves, Vegetables like Spinach
and Broccoli and Carrots.
Vitamins and Minerals: Nuts, Seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables,
Berries, Brown Rice, Legumes, Legumes, Fishes and Green vegetables.