Monday, May 20, 2013

Good nutrition boosts brain power!

Fancy that - science is making the link between nutrition and cognitive performance! The omega-3s (in particular DHA - docosahexaenoic acid) are just some of the specific factors mentioned, which along with the essential fatty acids, include trace elements and vitamins. Those particularly linked to improved brain health are biotin, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine and vitamins B6 and B12. That means a high potency B-complex will provide all those and more) then iodine, iron, calcium and zinc (look for all the trace elements in a multi-B/mineral complex).

Interesting that the studies also mention water as a brain food - no doubt about the importance of properly hydrated cells, but I’d strongly recommend water from a high quality filter rather than what comes straight from the tap. If you’ve been following my blog you’ll also know that new studies link optimal gut health to neurotransmitter production and reduction in incidence of depression - an important finding for prospective mums to keep in mind.

Also relevant to my work is the importance of ensuring an abundance of all the factors that promote optimal mental development and function in the time before conception. Make whole food, grown on healthy soil, your foundation nutrient source, then add a comprehensive, balanced combination of all of the above with a high potency probiotic as well! All the details of best supplements and more ... 

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