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Nutrition and Brain Development

Aug 17, 2007
Many people don't understand how important nutrition is to their brain. And, when they don't get the nutrition their brain needs to think intelligently, it doesn't help them to understand this simple concept - good nutrition feeds your brain!

After all, your brain is part of your body and it's well understood that you need certain nutrients for your body. Why wouldn't you need certain specific nutrients for your brain too? Yet, most people are extremely casual about what they eat - as if it's only a matter of taste that's important.

But, if your brain is developed enough to think clearly, it will be easy to understand this question. What's the most important factor to our intellectual and cognitive development?

Some people say it's genetics. Other's say it's the environment. While still others might argue that the most important factor in a person's brain development is their self-discipline - in other words, how the use their brain.

But, while all these factors do play an important role, the single most important factor for brain development and intellectual capacity is a person's daily diet and the nutrition your get from it.

You're probably familiar with the saying, "Garbage in, garbage out." Well, if you're eating an unhealthy diet, then that same principle applies to your brain. Eating garbage robs you of your brain's full potential.

And it gets even worse. If you have a family and are eating a poor diet, you're definitely dooming your children to a future of mediocre intelligence, poorly developed verbal skills, eyesight, hearing and many other physical and mental drawbacks.

But wait, it's not too late! The good news is that at any time during a person's lifetime they can still turn to nutrition for a better brain.

If you're ready to improve the mental capacity and functionality of your own and your family's brains, consider this. While all of your nutrition is important, the most important and beneficial nutritional factors for your brain are the DHA, EPA and other omega 3 essential fatty acids found in fish.

Studies show that nearly 70 percent of a baby's brain and more than 60 percent of the adult brain is made up of essential DHA and EPA fatty acids and that an adequate dietary intake of these oils is absolutely vital for mental and emotional health.

That's why, among other reasons, the U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends that all adults supplement with a daily intake of about 650 mg of fish oil containing balanced ratios of EPA and DHA. Pregnant and nursing mothers should take nearly 1000 mg a day.

It's simply the smart thing to do.

You can get these special brain nutrients from eating more fatty fish and from taking pure fish oil supplements on a daily basis. Don't you think it's time to get started?
About the Author
Michael Byrd has over 18 years of education and experience in the fields of physical therapy, health, fitness and nutrition. If you want to learn more about omega 3 fish oil and fish oil benefits, visit him at http://www.squidoo.com/omega3fishoil
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