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We often think of foods and beverages providing support for growing bodies, but we forget that food provides crucial nutrients for brain development and memory as well! Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and choline and foods with lots of vitamins and minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, B vitamins, and iron are all linked to improving specific mental tasks like memory and concentration1. Being mindful (pun intended) about what our kids are eating and how it affects their cognitive function is an excellent step towards achieving both health and wellness. This type of nutrition is essential for kids and teens since their brains are in a critical developmental phase when sleep, hydration, and especially good food choices significantly impact their brain’s ability to learn new tasks2. Knowing how much of an impact food has on brain health, nutrition companies have an excellent opportunity to offer kids and teens brainy solutions to help give them the cognitive boosts they’ll need.
Important Nutrients Include3
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Omega-3 fatty acids
The leading micronutrients in kids product launches with a brain or nervous system claim include4:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin D3
We all know getting kids and teens to eat their vegetables is pretty hard, but this stat may surprise even the most nutritiously conscious parents: Only 2% of US high school students are eating enough vegetables according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but they still need those essential nutrients to support their brain power5.