Brain Nutrition (cont.)
- Vitamin E: 200-400 mg/day
- Zinc: 10-30 mg/day
- GTF (a source of Chromium) – increases tolerance to sugar.
- Quercitin – decreases allergic reactions.
- Source of lactobacillus – Promotes proper assimilation of nutrients.
- Pycnogenol – reported to reduce symptoms of ADHD
- Amino Acids particularly Taurine – normalizes neuralgic function.
- DLPA – This amino acid forms a precursor
GABA – gamma-aminobutyric acid – the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the CNS.This can reduce hyperactivity and reduce resistance to learning and listening.
- Valerian Root – Tincture of valerian has been helpful in some cases of hyperactivity in combination with GABA to reduce restlessness and encourage concentration.
- Phosphatidylserine – a structural molecule of nerve cell membranes. It complexes with the amino acid serine and helps bind neurotransmitters. Source: soy or bovine (soy preferred). This has beenshown to be effective in some cases of depression. Dose: 50 mg/day.
- Phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) – a component of nerve cell membranes. Source: soy or eggs. Dose: 50-100 mg/day.
- Coenzyme Q10 – An anti-oxidant which prevents rancidification of oils. Dose: 30-100 mg/day.
- Ginkgo biloba – Enhances memory and concentration.
- Hypericum-St Johns Wort – Increases Seratonin levels in the brain
- Blue Green algae – reported to normalize memory and concentration.
Detection of Heavy Metal Toxicity
Numerous studies have demonstrated a strong relationship between childhood
learning disabilities and body stores of heavy metals particularly lead. Other metals associated
with learning disabilities include mercury, cadmium, copper, and manganese. Diets designed to chelate
metals from the system and removal of the child from the source of heavy metals is suggested.
- Tactile stimulation helps some children concentrate and learn. Children can squeeze a soft rubber ball in the hands while listening in the classroom and this can enhance learning and retention for some.
- Touching a tactile learner while talking to her may help her focus on what is being said.
- Make up games to help distinguish right from left such as asking your child to tell which direction you are turning in the car.
- Teach the child to skip which enhances communication of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.