Caring For Your Kids Brains

29 Jan 2014 12:47 PM-

Unlock Your Child’s Potential

Children are amazing little beings! Think about all that they
achieve on a day to day basis and the development they
undergo from the time they are born. Childhood achievements
and developments largely contribute to their lifetime potential
so it all begins now! We all hope for the best in our children, so
they can be the happiest and healthiest possible. We also wish
for them to get the most from their education and allow their
developing brains the opportunity to soak up and retain an
expanding wealth of knowledge and information in this world.

Cognition Conquerors

The term ‘cognition’ refers to the mental processes involved
in gaining knowledge and comprehension (i.e. learning),
including thinking, knowing, remembering, judging and
problem solving. Improve your child’s education with these
key herbs and nutrients that support learning and healthy
cognition:
• Brahmi is an Ayurvedic herb that has proven clinical
efficacy in assisting cognitive function. Studies have
found that when used for a period of 12 weeks, brahmi
significantly enhances memory and information processing
and reduces anxiety.
• Green tea contains a rare amino acid known as L-theanine.
At therapeutic doses, L-theanine helps your children stay
calm yet alert, with an increased attention span and
improved memory.
• Iodine, zinc and tyrosine are important nutrients for
cognition, and may assist in supporting critical processes
in the developing brain.

Good Fats to Feed the Brain

Do your children screw up their noses at the idea of eating fish,
yet want second helpings of fries and chicken nuggets? While
these foods are all high in fats, not all of them contain healthy
and beneficial fats. Essential fatty acids are beneficial fats and
the best source of these good fats is oily fish. Unfortunately,
many kids are fussy when it comes to sardines and mackerel,
making it difficult for them to get good amounts of essential
fatty acids, EPA and DHA, from fish in their diets. Therefore,
supplementing with a highly purified and concentrated fish
oil, containing therapeutic levels of EPA and DHA, is vital to
support your child’s developing brain.

Brain Builder

Just as ‘Bob’ builds wondrous things, we need to ensure our
child’s growing brain is being built correctly; this starts with
laying a solid structural foundation in the brain. Phospholipids,
such as phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine, are
another type of healthy fat. They are the building blocks in
the structure of the every cell membrane in the body, including
those in the brain and the nervous system. As a result, these
fats are important for brain and nervous system health, as
well as supporting memory, learning and behaviour in your
children.

Choose Quality Supplements for Quality Results

If using herbs or nutrients to support your child’s developing
brain, look for supplements high in both quality and purity.
Choosing herbs and nutrients that have the support of the
Mindd Foundation is encouraged as this will ensure your child
receives the highest quality nutritional medicine available.
The Mindd Foundation is a non-profit charity consisting of
patients, medical doctors and healthcare professionals that
promote preventative measures and treatments for a range of
disorders, including those that impact children’s learning and
cognition.

Quick Tips for Boosting Brain Power

There are some simple things you can do to help support your
developing child’s learning and information centre:
• Ensure your children eat a nutritious breakfast – many
cereals contain high levels of sugar, which can affect their
concentration. Choose a healthy wholegrain cereal. Eggs
are also a great way to start the day, as the protein can
help maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout the
morning, helping kids stay focused for longer.
• Get your children to bed at a reasonable time. Children
need more sleep than adults and lack of sleep can
negatively affect their learning.
• Get into a regular routine. This will make the start and end
of the day less stressful for both you and your children.
• Encourage your kids to talk about their day. This helps
them develop their communication skills and can give you
valuable insight into how they are progressing.

Boosting Brain Potential

Our children are our future. Helping them to unlock their full
potential is something every parent desires. Build bright, bubbly
brains and happier, healthier children of tomorrow by using
these simple tips and supportive herbs and nutrients to support
and enhance your child’s explorative and educational years.

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