Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

14 Reasons Babies' and Children's Brains Need iron.

Iron status should be measured during pregnancy, infancy and childhood because iron is needed for brain health, brain function and brain development in children. Iron rich foods include beef or chicken liver, scallops, oysters, beef, sardines, chicken, turkey, halibut, haddock, salmon, tuna, pork, veal, fortified cereals, beans, tofu, pumpkin sesame or squash seeds, apricots, wheat germ, broccoli and spinach. Here are the reasons to pay attention to iron status in kids.

Iron is necessary for brain development. Study
Iron is necessary for normal brain function. Study
Hippocampal structure requires iron. Study
Iron is needed for myelination and memory function. Study
Low iron and ferritin levels are associated with ADHD, the severity of ADHD symptoms and cognitive deficit. Study 1 Study 2
Low iron levels in the brain alter dopamine function, involved in movement, cognitive function and attention. Study
Treatment with iron supplements may improve ADHD in children with low ferritin levels. Study Study
Iron deficiency is linked to autism. Study Study
Iron deficiency is linked to autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Study
The risk for autism spectrum disorder increases with low maternal iron. Study
Children who have iron-deficiency anemia in infancy are at risk for long-lasting developmental disadvantage. Study
Children who had severe, chronic iron deficiency in infancy scored lower on measures of mental and motor functioning at age 10 Study
There is an association between psychiatric disorders and iron deficiency anemia among children and adolescents. Study
Children with iron deficiency had greater than twice the risk of scoring below average in math than did children with normal iron status. Study

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