Brain Food For Your Child

 Brain development in children

The following nutrients are important for the brain development of your child.

1. AA (arachionic acid)

This acid is very important in the early development of the brain of children. One study in USA suggests that infants given sufficient AA demonstrating significant improvement in intelligence such as improvement in reading and spelling skill.

Other than this, AA also plays an important role in the vision development of the children.

2. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

Docosahexanenoic acid is the most abundant component in the brain and retina. For baby, DHA plays an important role in the growth and development of the central nervous system as well as the visual functions.

3. Folate

Folate is also known as folic acid. It can improve one's memory and slow down the effect of ageing. A deficiency of folate may cause an increased risk of depression.

4. Phospholipids

Phospholipids act as the building block of the biological cell membranes and participate in the transduction of biological signal across the membrane.

5. Taurine

Taurine is commonly found in infant formula milk. It is an amino acid that can be produced by our human body. It plays an important role in detoxification and the regulation of nerve-cell activity.

Taurine is an antioxidant that can reduce the chance of retinal lesion and visual deterioration. Some researches had found that taurine could improve cognitive learning of the infant and children.

6. Choline

Choline is critical for the brain and intelligence development of the infant and children.

7. Lutein

Lutein is concentrated in the retinas of our human eyes and it is an important component for visual development of the infant and children by keeping our eyes safe from oxidative stress and high-energy content light such as blue light or ultraviolet radiation. It is so important to our eyes that some scientists call it the 'eye vitamin'.

Food Source of Brain Nutrients

Table below lists down the food source of nutrients that are important for the brain development.

Nutrients Food Source
AA Eggs, chicken, pork, bacon
DHA Fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, trout, sardines, eggs, meats, nuts, seeds
Folate Green leafy vegetable such as spinach, broccoli, strawberry, tomato and egg
Phospholipids Egg, lean meat, peanut, soybeans
Taurine Seafood, meat such as lamb
Choline Soy, egg yolks, Broccoli
Lutein Spinach, broccoli, peas, nuts

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