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child doesn't consume enough quality protein, brain function and mood are affected. Protein supports energy and nutrient needs, plus it's very good at satisfying hunger. And that's a good thing because a hungry child is a grumpy child that lacks focus and concentration. Including ample protein in your child's breakfast is a great way to start the day.
Another supplement for brain health that has many exciting studies behind its use is fish oil omega-3 fatty acids. The brain is approximately 60 percent fat and most of that is comprised of DHA and AA fatty acids. AA is found in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs and poultry. DHA is found in cod-liver oil and fish body oils. Studies prove that adequate amounts of DHA are vital to learning, memory, and other brain functions. DHA is probably one of the most important supplements you can add to your child's diet. And don't despair; supplements have come a long way from our Grandmother's fishy cod-liver days! There are now fish oils that are deliciously flavored.
Because cod liver oil contains fat-soluble vitamins A and D, it's best given during the winter when there's less sunlight (and thus less vitamin D). During the rest of year, use a good quality flavored fish body oil. Give according to the directions on the bottle.
And remember to tell them about how this supplement helps them have a Super Brain. Every kid likes to have some type of super power!
One more thing you can do to support your child's brain health is to make sure they get enough exercise. Studies in the U.S. and Japan prove that exercise improves memory and other mental skills. In the studies, people who received adequate exercise scored better on tests and completed them faster than people that did not exercise. So, get your child moving daily. If they're young enough to appreciate it, tie a dashing cape on them, and let them exercise by zooming around and enjoying their Super Brain super power!
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Kymythy Schultze is a nutritionist who has helped thousands of people and their pets live happier, healthier lives. To learn how to easily prepare healthy meals for dogs, cats, and humans, check out her best-selling books: Natural Nutrition for Dog and Cats: The Ultimate Diet, The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book: Delicious Food for You and Your Pets! and her new book Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purr-fect Health. Her website is www.kymythy.com.
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