Brain Health/Child Development

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Children - Learning and Behavoir

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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

Forty or 50 years ago, chubby children were a pretty rare sight and learning disorders were practically unheard of. Now, one of every three children and teenagers is overweight or obese[1] and, by some estimates, one in 12 children has...



Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Ginkgo is the oldest known living species of tree on the earth, dating back over 200 million years. Ginkgo trees can grow to over 100 feet and live up to 1,000 years. The Ginkgo biloba tree we know today probably originated in Asia and was first cultivated in China as a sacred tree.[1] The nut of the ginkgo tree has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but the leaves didn’t come into common use until Western herbalists started using them in the 20th century. Today ginkgo leaf is one of the most used herbs in the world, consistently making...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Ned McCrum, CCH, MSN

A Natural Compound That Can Restore and Protect the Brain After Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are on the rise in the United States, with the highest percentage of injuries affecting children, young adults, and the elderly.[1]These injuries can result in permanent brain damage that could affect the victim adversely for the rest of their life. While there is not much that modern medicine can do to reverse the damage, there may be hope in a natural compound known as Alpha GPC. Preliminary research indicates that Alpha GPC supports the brain’s ability to recover after traumatic brain injuries resulting from strokes, concussions, and cerebral contusions. L-Alpha Gycerophosphocholine, or simply Alpha GPC, is a...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

A New Reason to Love Coconut, Your Brain Will Thank You!

When you consider the things you are most thankful for, do you put your brain health on the top of the list? Not many of us probably would, but the truth of the matter is that without a healthy brain, all of those other things you might be thankful for don't matter a whole lot. Our bodies are pretty amazing at compensating in the interest of survival. People live happy, healthy lives everyday without limbs and even some organs. But take away your brain and I’d venture to guess not many would carry on so easily. Brain impairment can range...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

As the Sun Sinks Lower, Elevate Your Moods Naturally

It’s a vestige of our ancient biology – with the sun starting to hang lower in the sky, bringing shorter days, our bodies want to slow down and hibernate a little. And as our metabolism ratchets down, we may also develop moods that are as low as the sun across the horizon. Along with the change in seasons, the quality of our nutrition, which provides the biochemical building blocks of both the body and the brain, can affect our moods. In his studies on nutrition and mood, Welsh researcher David Benton, Ph.D., noted that the brain is particularly sensitive to...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

Healthy Nutrients for a Healthy Brain

If you could look inside your brain, you’d find six trillion cells and a biological computer far more complex than anything ever created by Apple, Intel, or Microsoft. It grows, learns from experience, and adapts to new information. There’s one other fact about the brain that’s pretty amazing: its structure and biochemistry depends on nutrition. After all, nutrients provide the biochemical building blocks of everything physical in the body. The production of new brain cells, called neurogenesis, lies at the heart of brain development. Vitamins A, C, and E, and the B-vitamin folic acid are essential for neurogenesis, or for...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Natural Grocers

Supplements for Optimal Focus and Concentration - Nutrients to Maximize a Child’s Full Brain Potential

Behavior problems, including an inability to stay focused and pay attention, have become prevalent in school-age children. Often, children are treated with prescription drugs to improve behavior, which not only have serious side effects, but are also suspected of creating long-lasting negative changes in the structure and function of the brain.[1] If a child’s behavior is interfering with his or her life at school or home, there is a problem that needs to be addressed. This can include poor concentration, inattentiveness, difficulty maintaining normal academic progress, or excessive fidgetiness. One thing is clear; prescription drugs are not the only way to...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Heather Pratt, MNT, BCHN

Back to School Brains

Pencils? Check. Notepads? Check. Textbooks? Check. Brain food? ...Uh Oh. In the back-to-school hustle and bustle it is all too easy to forget the most important tool your child has for learning: the brain. While it might seem like enough to just get that brain into the classroom, without the proper nutrition, a growing child will have trouble focusing, concentrating, comprehending, and retaining information. From the very beginning of life through adolescence, the human brain is continually developing. During this crucial time, brain cells are created, along with the myelin sheath, a fatty material that covers the nerve endings and...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Natural Grocers

Foods to Maximize a Child’s Full Brain Potential

It is all too common today for children to suffer from behavior problems as well as focus and concentration issues. Study after study points to the strong connection between food and behavior, including focus and concentration, in children. What are the specifics in the modern diet that may be contributing to brain challenges? Could it be the gluten in your child’s sandwich? A lack of good protein and veggies? How about the sugar in soda, the pesticides in commercial produce, or additives in processed snack foods? Paying attention to the foods your child consumes can make a dramatic improvement in...

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