Kids Brain Food

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What kids eat affects their brain. A balanced diet of colorful organic veggies, organic whole grains and beans, and organic fruits and nuts can protect the brain and reduce the chance of developing mental disorders. Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as organic walnuts, kiwi fruit, flaxseeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, and peanut butter, improve brain health. Kids who have increased amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet perform better in school. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain plasticity and the movement of molecules related to learning and memory.  Kale is a good brain food, containing antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Kale is great in soup, pasta, and salads. Folic acid, found in spinach, orange juice, and yeast, is essential for healthy brain function and has been shown to prevent cognitive decline. In tests, the curry powder spice, turmeric, has been shown to reduce memory problems, brain trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Antioxidants, found in blueberries and many fruits, nuts, and veggies, can prevent chemical chain reactions and cell damage from occurring. Researchers have found that eating junk food negatively affects the brain’s synapses. Learning and memory skills are harmed by the high intrans fats and saturated fats in fast foods. Physical exercise can improve brain function throughout life with an increase in blood that flows to the brain. The greater the blood flow, the faster oxygen and other important nutrients reach the brain’s neurons. When kids grow an organic veggie garden their brains are charged with the exercise, fresh air, smelling the herbs, communing with the microbes in the soil, and listening to the birds and bees.  Kids can get a powerful brain boost by growing their own colorful organic fruits and veggies and eating omega-3 rich foods.

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