Thursday, May 22, 2008

Get Smart About Brain-boosting Foods

What we feed to our children can either power or drain their brain. Knowing how to fuel a child's brain with the right foods is necessary to optimize his learning potential and emotional growth. The ideal time to start feeding a child's brain is during conception. A high intake of folic acid by the mother is critical for brain development. Adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and protein along with other nutrients will help construct the brain. After birth, the brain continues to enlarge. That's why you must fuel and foster these fundamental connections- vital to learning, cognition and memory throughtout life. A child's daily learning is enhanced by stimulation, both inside and outside the classroom and by the proper foods he intakes. The ideal brain fuel foods to consists of slow-releasing carbohydrates like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Another key to brain building is protein which is made up of amino acids. Vitamins and minerals are also play an important role in the development and maintenance of brain and body as well.

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