A child’s brain is a very hungry organ -- the first of their body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food they eat, explains Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Growing bodies need many types of nutrients -- but these 5 superfoods will help kids get the most out of their developing intelligence.
Eggs are a great source of protein, and their yolks have choline, an important nutrient for memory development.
Kids love nut butters, and that’s a good thing since this healthy snack is packed with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects nerve membranes, and brain-nourishing thiamin.
The fruit in fiber keeps children’s bowel movements regular, thus a healthy gut contributes to higher levels of focus and learning ability. Making fruit bite sized, entices children to eat more.
FISH AND FISH OILS
The star nutrient you want from fish and fish oils are omega 3 fatty acids which powers brain function, memory, and lessens your child’s tendency to get distracted.
DHA supplements for children are essential for their brain development and studies indicate that early intake of DHA has been linked to increased intelligence shown in reading, memory and behavior.
Sources: prevention.com, webmd.com, parenting.com