Healthy Foods for Young Brains

brain1The human brain is hungry for more than just information. The brain is the first organ to absorb nutrient from the food we eat. So choose wisely what nutrients you are feeding your children if you want to boost their brain function, concentration and memory.

Following are some great choices for “brain foods” including the nutrients they contain for optimum brain performance:

Fatty fish, especially salmon—lean protein, high in omega-fatty acids DHA and EPA essential for brain growth and function

Eggs—good source of protein and also choline, which helps memory development

Peanut butter—contains vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects nervous membranes; and thiamin to help the brain and nervous system convert glucose to energy

Whole grains—they provide a constant supply of glucose thanks to the fiber they contain. They are also a good source for B-vitamins which nourish the nervous system.

Oats—This energy-packed “grain for the brain” contains vitamin E, B-vitamins, potassium and zinc

Berries—a great source for antioxidants, especially vitamin C

Beans—In addition to providing energy from protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, beans include lots of vitamins and minerals.

Colorful vegetables–Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach are packed with antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy.

Milk and yogurt—The protein and B-vitamins in dairy foods promote the growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes.

Lean beef (or a meat alternative)—Lean beef is one of the best absorbed sources of iron and also contains zinc, which helps with memory. For non-meat eaters, black bean and soy burgers are iron-rich alternatives, especially when accompanied by foods with vitamin C, which helps iron get absorbed.

If you are looking for ways to keep your brain healthy, Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math, cognitive skills and memory of students of all ages. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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