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If you want your child to excel in school, you need to take care that he is getting the correct diet. There are certain brain foods, which can help to boost the brain growth of your child and improve the functioning of the memory and concentration. Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), observes that the brain is a very “hungry organ” and is the first organ of the body to absorb nutrients from the food that we consume. According to her, the surest way of letting the brain die is by giving the body junk food.

So know the super foods which are good for the brain growth of your child and watch as he gets the most from school.

  • Antioxidants in Blueberries

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that help your child’s brain during normal wear and tear and protecting the cell membranes of the brain from damage. Blueberries are the best choice for antioxidants though there are many other fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and raspberries which are good choices also. Vegetables are also rich in antioxidants. The more the color of the fruits or the vegetables, the more is the nutrient content.

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Salmon

Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a Los Angeles nutritionist and ADA spokeswoman says that DHA and EPA, omega-3 fatty acids are very important for the growth and functioning of the brain and fatty fish like salmon is a rich source of this essential fatty acid. Both adults and children who incorporate more of this fatty acid in their diet have sharper minds and also fare well in mental skill abilities. Though tuna also has omega-3 fatty acids, the content is not as high as in salmon. So make salmon sandwiches for your child made with whole grain bread, which again is another brain food.

  • Complex Carbohydrates in Whole Grains

The constant supply of glucose on which the brain thrives, can be supplied with whole grains. The fiber in whole grains helps in regulating the release of glucose. Whole grains are also a rich source of vitamin B which nourishes the nervous system. Whole grain products are easily available in the market. So, ensure that you use whole grain bread for your child’s sandwich and switch over to whole grain tortillas, snacks and wraps.

  • Choline in Eggs

A very essential nutrient for the development of the brain is choline, which helps the brain to communicate with the other parts of the body and is crucial for the development of the brain and functioning of memory. Eggs, besides being great sources of protein, have choline packed in the yoke. So give your child scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast or send him off to school with egg snacks for tiffin. In addition, eggs are also storehouses of zinc, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin B12 and iron which is good for the brain.

  • Peanut Butter

Peanut as well as peanut butter are a rich source of the potent antioxidant, vitamin E which helps to protect the nervous membranes and thiamin, which helps the nervous system and the brain to use glucose for releasing energy. Get your child to incorporate peanut butter into his diet by making a banana and peanut sandwich or dip slices of apple in peanut butter.

So make sure that your child is getting enough complex carbohydrates, choline, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants that will help to boost his brain health. For more brain-healthy foods, click here.