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Our brain function is affected by nutrition just like other organs in the body. While its energy needs are met by glucose, sufficient availability of amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine is critical for the production of neurotransmitters, the chemical molecules that control communication between neuronal and other cells, help lay down the foundations of memory and learning. Any imbalance in neurotransmitter metabolism affects learning, behavior and memory.
Nutrition plays the key role in helping develop a child's learning capabilities. Several studies have established beyond doubt that nutrient-poor diets result in low class-room performance. The starting point for parents who want their children to post better classroom performance is to have a scientific evaluation done by experienced nutritionists and doctors. At XY Clinics, we see children whose learning and memory have been negatively affected by a diet rich in sugar products and poor in the good fats and micronutrients. Children who have not been breastfed show greater sensitivity to chemicals used in processed foods. While parents, influenced by clever advertising, think they are providing their children healthy food, the reality is quite different. How many preservatives , artificial colorings and flavorings are used in the foods that occupy the supermarket shelves? One study commissioned by BBC showed that providing a child the right whole foods for just 2 weeks showed improvement in one of the twins who was given the diet.
At XY Clinics, we offer evidence-based assessment of a child's nutritional status including his/her essential elements , vitamins and amino acids. Ensuring that the child receives the correct amounts of the key nutrients is the first step in boosting learning and memory.
Micronutrient assessment for essential elements, vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids