Can vitamins really make you smarter? New studies show that nutrition does have an impact on your child’s IQ. But how can you be sure your child is getting the right type and the right amount of vitamins and minerals?
This article by guest blogger J Bennett will explain it all.
My day typically started with lucky charms or the like, followed by a PBJ along with 3 or 4 processed food “snacks”, soda or fast food etc.
My most healthy breakfast cereal was raisin bran, but I would add about 5 tablespoons of sugar and wait till it got nice and soggy. It was yummy. I think my experience was American typical.
These days, households are getting more health conscious. In sharp contrast to my childhood, both of my children have their “vitamin” drink every AM without fail. They have been vitamin and mineral supplementing from the time they stopped breast feeding. They are both smart kids. I always thought it was because they got my wife’s smarts.
While I think this is certainly true, they also may have been aided by our belief in vitamin supplementation. As an adult I can notice a big difference in my own cognitive function when I am taking vitamin supplements. In a new study posted recently on pubmed, researcher found a notable increase in non-verbal intelligence. “This research confirms that vitamin-mineral supplements decently raised the non-verbal intelligence of some groups of Western schoolchildren by 2 to 3 points“
Here’s a snippet from the study. For the full details visit pubmed
The effect of vitamin-mineral supplementation on the intelligence of American schoolchildren: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. – Schoenthaler SJ1, Bier ID, Young K, Nichols D, Jansenns S.
GOALS: To determine if schoolchildren who take in low-dose vitamin-mineral tablets will have a considerably bigger boost in non-verbal intelligence than children who consume placebos in a research that conquers the main criticisms directed at the previous 12 regulated trials.
SETTINGS AND SUBJECTS: 2 “working class,” primarily Hispanic, primary schools in Phoenix, Arizona, participated in the study. Slightly more than half the teachers in each school dispersed the tablets daily to 245 schoolchildren aged 6 to 12 years.
CONCLUSIONS: This research confirms that vitamin-mineral supplements decently raised the non-verbal intelligence of some groups of Western schoolchildren by 2 to 3 points however not that of most Western schoolchildren, presumably because the bulk were already appropriately nurtured. This research also validates that vitamin-mineral supplements noticeably raises the non-verbal intelligence of a minority of Western schoolchildren, presumably because they were too improperly nurtured prior to supplementation for optimum brain function. Because non-verbal intelligence is carefully connected with academic performance, it follows that schools with kids who take in substandard diet plans ought to discover it challenging to produce academic performance equivalent to those schools with kids who consume diet plans that come closer to providing the nutrients recommended in the U.S. RDA. The moms and dads of schoolchildren whose scholastic efficiency is substandard would be well recommended to look for a nutritionally oriented doctor for assessment of their kids’s dietary status as a possible etiology.
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