Every parent dreams of having a sharp and well performing child. But very few of us parents will ensure that our children eat the right foods to improve cognition.
Several factors affect brain development in kids: physical activity, quantity of sleep, level of stress, motivation and nutrition.
In this article, we shall talk about some super-foods that help boost your child’s cognitive power.
A well-balanced diet, given in the right quantity at the right time is a must. However, there are some special foods that when consumed will help the brain functioning better.
Black Cumin Seeds, Habatu-i-Baraka, Black Seeds, Nigella Seeds-
These tiny seeds have great health benefits. They’ve been grown in Kenya for several years, and yet most Kenyans aren’t aware of their benefits to the brain.
These seeds are used to cure brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Glaucoma, Dementia, Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. Neurodegenerative diseases typically are caused due to high levels of oxidative stress. The antioxidants in Vitamin C thus have potential therapeutic roles against these diseases.
Cauliflower is a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development. It may even diminish age-related memory decline and your brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood as well as conferring protection later in life.
Sweet like Honey! The sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and cell loss within the brain. Honey’s ability to help the body absorb calcium, helps aid brain health. The brain needs calcium in order to process thoughts and make decisions.
According to animal studies, the antioxidants in blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence They appear to directly interact with ageing neurons, leading to improvements in cell signalling. Hence it improves brain functioning and prevents memory loss.
Seafood especially Salmon is a great brain food. Fish are rich in Omega-3 especially DHA that help boost memory.
Since ages, Saffron has been used to cure depression, improve mood, and enhance good sleep. It aids in receiving blood into the brain and hence reduces depression and apprehension. Its carotenoid content also improves eyesight and is good for the skin.
Almonds are often considered one of the best brain foods. Almonds nutrition is somewhat unique; they contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, two key nutrients capable of positively affecting neurological activity and preventing cognitive decline.
Walnuts are the best nuts for the brains. It just does not have the shape of the brain but also contains a nutrient that helps in the proper functioning of the brain. The Omega 3, DHA and vitamin E content of walnuts make it a super food for the brains. It helps in boosting memory, prevents ageing of the brains and also improves cognitive performance in adults.
Use these ingredients in your child’s diet, or add them as snacks, and see the difference it makes!