Do you know that around 1,000 trillion synapses are built through childhood experiences during the early of life? During the early years, synapse density grows to almost twice that of the adult brain1-2.
The more a child learns, the more the brain develops, and vice versa — the more their brain develops, the more they learn. As the child grows, synapses or brain cells connections that are used will be kept, and unused connections will be replaced or removed1.
Since proper brain development is critical for your young child, it is important to help provide your child with the nutrition and stimulation required.
DHA is one of nutrients that are building blocks of the brain. It helps build the brain and keep brain cells flexible. DHA and other nutrients such as Choline, Iron, Zinc, Iodine and Vitamin B help support your child in key development3-6 areas such as cognitive, motor, emotional, and communication skills7.
When a child starts learning, one discovery leads to another. Proper nutrition and parental stimulation give a child exceptional learning.
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