Top-Five Brain Boosting Foods for Children with Learning Disabilities
Many experts believe that learning disabilities originate mostly from little interruptions in the brain causing it not to function properly, though the causes are not concretely identified, the good thing is that there are methods used to help battle those interruptions. One of those ways is by using nutrition as the ‘super hero’. There are properties that are naturally found in foods that can aid the brain to help remove those interruptions and improve the way that the brain works.
Here are five ways that show promise to help and next time you go grocery shopping think to include to have in your kitchen.
A deficiency of the essential amino acid methionine can adversely affect behavior and learning. Research has found that 51 percent of autistic children showed evidence of methionine deficiency.
A healthy food habit would be to make sure you diversify your food options when seeking out methionine rich foods. Eggs and Dairy products are good choices, when eating meat and poultry; look for lean beef loin, lamb and chicken breast. For seafood and fish, choose tuna, herring and trout and lastly, if using plant-based sources, use Brazil nuts, seaweed-based foods (spirulina) and soybeans.
Zinc’s role, when it comes to brain tissue, is that it provides protection against oxidative stresses that can lead to ‘aging’ to the brain causing slower processing of information. Zinc deficiency has been found in children with dyslexia. Great thing about zinc is that you can get a good bang for your buck because many of the foods containing zinc also have added nutritional benefits.
Chicken, pork and beef not only contain zinc but also are a great source of iron and protein. Bean such as kidney bean or chickpeas also deliver plant-based protein and packed with fiber. Other sources are fortified cereals, nuts and whole grains.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
When you read about omega-3 fatty acids, you will commonly come across terms like ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid); omega-3’s are composed of these and they all have their distinct health benefits.
Interestingly enough with DHA, studies show how it contributes with brain development and visual acuity. DHA is found most plentiful in animal products such as fish, eggs and meats, richest in oily fish: mackerel, salmon and trout. DHA is also found in: nuts, seeds, wholegrains and dark, leafy greens but at much lower levels. Algae on the other hand, is a vegetable source that has been found to be rich on DHA.
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