A child’s brain needs the right nutrients to reach its full potential. Good nutrition lays the foundation for your child’s growing years. 360° mental development can be achieved through four key areas that are essential for a child’s well-rounded development: Cognitive, Motor, Emotional and Communication. Find out what food and nutrients you can prepare to support your child’s brain activity during his growing years.

SALMON, BLUEFIN TUNA, BLACK COD

Why they are important

Deep-water fish, such as salmon, are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids (DHA), calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for brain function

Calcium supports nerve and muscle function

Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus

NUTS AND SEEDS

Why they are important

Good sources of arachidonic acid (ARA), vitamin E and choline

ARA is a key omega-6 fatty acid in the brain, essential for brain and vision development

Choline plays a role in memory and learning by supporting brain cell signalling

AVOCADOS

Why they are important

They are fatty fruits, but they’re also a monounsaturated fat, and contributes to healthy blood flow, which promotes brain health

Provide vitamin E, vitamin C, folate and potassium

Folate helps the development and growth of blood cells in the brain and throughout the body

DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

Why they are important

High in iron, calcium and folate - Iron is vital to the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the brain and fuel its growth

Vitamin E protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids, which are abundant in the brain

BERRIES

Why they are important

Blueberries with vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats

Strawberries and citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C, which plays a significant role in the brain development

Mangos and bananas are high in vitamin B6, for good brain health

WHOLE GRAINS

Why they are important

Source of magnesium that builds bones and releases energy from muscles and selenium protects cells from oxidation

Provide iron, most of the B vitamins, vitamin E and folate, and are a good source of carbohydrates - Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B6 and B12 are
all essential to healthy development of the central nervous system - Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps the body use energy from the other nutrients

BEANS

Why they are important

Beans are rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre that can help to maintain healthy weight

The B vitamin folate is essential for the production of red blood cells in the human body

EGGS

Why they are important

Those fortified with omega-3 can provide DHA in addition to ARA, choline, vitamin D, protein and zinc, all essential to the development and functioning of the central nervous system

Protein helps build, maintain and repair tissues, and it can provide energy

MILK

What if my toddler is a picky eater

Supplement his meals with Enfagrow A+.

Enfagrow A+ is formulated to help meet the recommendation for daily DHA intake+. It also contains dietary fibre (Polydextrose), and prebiotics (GOS) that promote growth of good Bifidus bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive system.

 

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+ FAO/WHO recommends daily dietary DHA intake of 10-12mg/kg body weight for children 12-24 months or 100-150mg DHA+EPA for children 2 years old and above, 100-150mg DHA+EPA for children 4 years of age or 150-200mg DHA+EPA for children 4 years old and above, 200-250mg DHA+EPA for children 6-10 years old. Reference: FAO 2010. Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition. Report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper no. 91. FAO:Rome.