With all that’s going on this year, perhaps feeding your child’s brain has not been a top priority. But now that a challenging school year has started, parents most likely need all the help they can get.
No matter what your family’s school looks like this year–home school, virtual school, or in-face school–I’m sure parents are looking for every advantage to help their kids do well and believe it or not, there are certain foods that can improve mental function.
The best brain foods also safeguard heart and blood vessels. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, folate, beta-carotene, magnesium, B-vitamins, choline, and antioxidants are known to support brain health.
According to the American Brain Society, The power of your brain is immeasurable. As the control center of your body, it allows your heart to beat, the lungs to breathe, and lets you move, feel and think. Because the brain is such an energy-intensive organ, it uses around 20 percent of the body’s calories. That said, it requires an abundance of nutrients and good fuel to stay healthy.
From improving mental tasks like memory and concentration to nurturing overall brain health, a good diet can help keep the brain sharp.
These 13 foods are good for the brain:
- Leafy greens
- Whole Grains
- Dark chocolate
- Tea and Coffee
Check out Medishare.com for a kid-friendly sample meal plan using these foods.
Quite honestly, I wish that I would have been more aware of the importance of “brain food” when my kids were younger. Although they managed to have decent grades, I’m sure that my diligence in feeding them better brain food would have helped.
As parents, there’s a lot you can’t control about your kids’ lives, but one of the things you can do is to be sure that you’re feeding them the foods that support brain health.