Moms always worry about what and how their kids are doing in school. Does my little one concentrate? Does she comprehend everything taught in class? Does he recall all that the teacher says?
Relax, you are not the only one!! We’re all cruising in the same boat, since these are just common concerns of every parent of a school going child.
The level of a child’s concentration, memory and intelligence depends, to a great extent, on what he or she eats. A child’s diet has a major impact on how well he concentrates in school, although many parents fail to understand this. In fact there are many foods that we use in our regular diets that have super powers when it comes to improving children’s concentration!
Even though these foods are quite commonplace, very few of us know the full extent of their health benefits. So without further ado, here are the top 5 everyday foods that boost memory and concentration in kids – you’ll be surprised at how common they are!
Top 5 Foods that Boost Memory and Concentration in Kids
These little brown ovals are also known as ‘Badam’ in India are are among the world’s healthiest foods. Almonds are rich in protein, which helps to repair brain cells and boost cognitive functions. Almonds also contain Zinc which acts as an antioxidant in the body that competes against free radicals which otherwise attack and breakdown brain cells.
Vitamin B6 and E in almonds promote brain health and slows down the ageing of brain cells. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids present in almonds upsurge intellectual levels. Magnesium promotes the strengthening of brain nerves.
2. RED ONION
Red Onions have decent levels of flavonoids like anthocyanin and quercetin, which have been proven to prevent age-related brain impairment while enhancing memory. Anthocyanin inhibits neuro-inflammation, activating synaptic signalling, and improving blood flow to the brain.
A 2005 study by Hokkaido Tokai University scientists concluded that di-n-propyl trisulphide, a sulphur compound found in onions, prevents memory impairment, making this an excellent memory food.
3. INDIAN GOOSEBERRY
Indian gooseberry, popularly known as Amla, is a fantastic brain food. We all have memories of our parents feeding us chyawanprash (prepared using Amla) as Amla was believed to improve memory. Our traditional Indian beliefs now have scientific backing too!
The antioxidants present in Amla fight against the free radicals in the body which otherwise attack and breakdown brain cells. Amla’s vitamin C content helps in the production of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter which improves brain activity. The iron content in Amla facilitates oxygen transportation, preventing brain degeneration.
Yes, water. What an absolute surprise!
Brain gets its electrical energy from water which keeps brain functions including thought and memory going strong. Water is also needed for the production of hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain. Now, when you provide enough water to your brain you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity. Daily hydration is required for optimal brain function as brain cannot store water.
5. FATTY FISH
Brain requires essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. We need to include it in our regime as the body cannot process these acids. Fatty fish, as its name suggests, is filled with good fats – omega 3 and omega 6. Including fatty fish in the diet can boost memory function by 15 percent.
The fish highest in omega fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, sardines, rainbow trout, and albacore tuna. If you don’t like fish or eat it rarely, consider taking a fish oil supplement.
We’re sure you’re at least a little surprised to see that your regular pantry staples have such potent power! So skip all the expensive multivitamins and supplements and gift your child with a good and balanced diet. Soon you’ll both be able to see and enjoy the results!!
Hetal Chheda is a Consulting Nutrition Expert and Lifestyle Coach based in Mumbai, post graduate in Foods and Nutrition with over 7 years of experience in the Nutrition industry.Hetal was on board nutritionist with the leading group of oncologists for 5 years and was a clinical nutritionist in one of the leading hospitals in Gujarat. She has set up Health Kitchens and has developed over 500+ recipes.She takes workshops on Importance of Nutrition in Children, Lifestyle changes for optimum health, +50 fitness regimes and heart health.