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10 Foods You Should Feed Your Children Regularly To Aid Their Brain Development

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The kind of food you feed your children at the early years of their life is critical for their brain development, and what they eat affects focus and cognitive skills. They also literally define how their brain will work for the rest of their life. 

Including these brain-healthy foods in your child's diet will help them to stay sharp and affect how their brains develop well into the future.

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Eggs are a rich source of protein, vitamin B, and a nutrient called choline. Vitamin B helps to slow cognitive decline, and is necessary for the proper function and development of the brain. The body uses choline to create the neurotransmitters responsible for mood and memory. 

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Fish is also considered as one of the best food for brain development in children. Fatty fishes like salmon, sardines and tuna are a rich source of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are responsible to protect the brain against memory loss and age related memory decline.

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Vegetables with rich, deep colour are an excellent source of antioxidants that will help to keep the brain cells healthy. Some vegetables to include in your child's diet are tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, or spinach. You can easily sneak them into their spaghetti, rice, soups, and so on.

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Each time your child eats certain fruits like apples and oranges, he/she will get a healthy dose of vitamin C. This powerful natural antioxidant helps to prevent brain cells from becoming damaged and supports overall brain health as well.

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Oats provide excellent energy for the brain that kids need first thing in the morning. They are rich in fibre, which will help them feel full, and are also an excellent source of vitamin E, B complex, and zinc to help keep your child's brain work at its best.

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Milk, yogurt and cheese are so nutritious and are packed with protein and B-vitamins which are essential for the growth of your child's brain tissue, neurotransmitters and enzymes which all play an important role in the brain.

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The brain needs a constant supply of glucose and whole grains provide that in multiples. Whole grains such as wheat breads and cereals provide glucose, and vitamin B, which is good for your child's nervous system.

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Beans are good choices for your child's brain development, because they have protein, complex carbohydrates, fibre, lots of vitamins and minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are important for your child's brain growth and function.

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Packed with protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, nuts such as walnuts, cashew, peanuts, and almonds, are all rich in vitamin B, which is helpful for boosting mood and keeping your child's nervous system in check. Their thiamine content also helps the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy. 

10. Water

Although not a food, water is very important for hydration, which helps to maintain blood flow and oxygen transport to all parts of the body, including the brain. Dehydration can cause lethargy, irritability and reduced ability to stay alert and concentrate.

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