Brain-boosting foods to feed your child

Wise up to the foods that’ll keep junior’s body and grey matter going strong.

Scoffing “superfoods”, so named for the powerful nutritional punch they pack, will strengthen junior’s immune system. Low in calories, yet dense in essential nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals vital for growth, eating these goodies not only reduce his risk of chronic disease, the health benefits will also hold your little one in good stead, well into adulthood.

So, here goes…

Red and purple fruit and veg

These are loaded with powerful antioxidants — such as lycopene and anthocyanins — that do everything from fighting heart disease and cancer. Remember — the darker it is, the more antioxidants the fruit or veg has.

Beetroot An excellent source of folic acid and fibre, beetroot is full of nitrates, which expand blood vessels to enable more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the brain.

Chard This leafy veg is chockfull of vitamins (A, B-complex, C and K) and a good source of iron, potassium and magnesium. Its antioxidants help lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Purple carrots The purple hue offers lots of health benefits — it improves memory, enhances vision, protects the heart and even helps control weight.

Eggplant The skin of the eggplant or brinjal provides essential nutrients to boost blood circulation and nourish the brain. This zero-fat, high-fibre veg is rich in antioxidants that protect brain cell membranes.

Blueberries Besides antioxidants, blueberries contain flavonoids, which ramp up the brain’s ability to absorb new information.

Cherries Tart cherries contain melatonin — a chemical that helps us sleep. The distinctive deep-red pigment helps regulate the metabolism and reduce the risks of high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Cherries also help lower belly fat and are heart-healthy, thanks to its high potassium content.