10 Brain boosting foods for your child

Ensuring that your child is getting sufficient vitamins and nutrients in her/his food is essential. With so much adulteration in food items these days, it is practically not possible to deliver all the nutrients in your child’s food. Plus, the junk food culture has ruined today’s youngsters’ eating habits.

The world is getting competitive day-by-day and the societies more complex, where everyone is striving to reach the top. In such a scenario it becomes all the more imperative to feed your kids food that will eventually boost their brain.

Here are top 10 foods that have the potential to boost your toddlers’ brainpower.

Oily fish
The body needs essential fatty acids (EFAs) through diet. Fish oil renders omega-3 fats which is beneficial for a healthy brain, heart and joints.

Exercise..well true, this sounds to be a cliched term by now. But, the effects of it cannot be lent a deaf ear. An early morning walk, jogging and exercise make sure that there is proper blood circulation in our body including our brain. Meditation does wonders to one’s cognitive development. The more your inhale oxygen, the better your health gets with time. Now, with exercise, feed your child a glass of milk rich in calcium. This will help in the overall mental development of your child and will make your child swifter.

Tomatoes boast the presence of Lyopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant keeps brain cells strong and healthy, and can improve your child’s brain function, memory and concentration.

Green broccoli
Broccoli is a rich source of Vitamin K, known to enhance cognitive function. It is quite good for the overall mental development and its effects are long lasting.

Nuts, brown rice & green leafy vegetables
Nuts being rich in Vitamin E may prevent from a cognitive decline in your child when he grows old. Nuts along with brown rice, green leafy vegetables have the potential to supply required fuel to your child’s brain, and an intake of these all, can help prevent a poor memory.

Blueberries help one defer short term memory loss. Its abundance is no problem, and hence, put on your boots and get a basket full of blueberries for your little one.

Dark chocolates
Dark chocolates have known to contain antioxidants called flavanols that enhance blood flow in the brain and hence enhance cognitive functions. So, what are you waiting for? Just go out and buy scrumptious dark chocolates.

This red winter fruit is very good for your child and is rich in resveratrol which protects the brain in the later stages and reduces dementia stroke. It tastes sweet and be assured that your kid will love it!

Some parents are not in a habit of feeding their minor “yolk” – the yellow component found in eggs. Yolk is an essential ingredient that needs to be consumed by your child, since it contains Choline, which is a prerequisite for the healthy development of brain.

Include whole grains in your child’s diet
Whole grains are a healthy food item that you cannot afford to brush aside, and so serve your child whole-grain cereals, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread to ensure that your kid gets enough fuel to keep his brain functioning sharply.

Yo! Now make sure to include all these things in your child’s diet and happily see her/him grow fast and sharp.

Healthy parenting! Cheers.

Edited By: Neelam Goswami on 30/1/2014.