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"Kids may boost their IQ by eating fish"

It has been reported by the University of Pennsylvania that there is an association in kids between eating fish weekly and improved sleep and higher IQ. In this study kids who ate fish at least once a week not only slept better, they also had IQs which were on average 4 points higher than kids who ate less fish or no fish at all. This study has been published in Scientific Reports.

"Baby's brains may be boosted if mom eats choline rich foods during pregnancy"

 It has been reported by Cornell University that there are cognitive benefits for babies when their mothers consume adequate amounts of choline while they are pregnant.  Choline is found in lean red meat, poultry, fish, egg yolks, cruciferous vegetables and nuts.>>>Read More>>>

"Junk food could harm the teen brain"

It has been reported by EurekAlert that because primary neurotransmitter systems in the brain which are responsible for inhibition and reward signaling are still developing during the time of the teen years, existing primarily on junk food could have a negative affect on decision making, cause an increase in reward-seeking behavior and lead to poor eating habits throughout adult life.

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"Passion Flower can help keep you calm and relaxed"

Passion flower (Passiflora Incarnata} was first found in Peru. Passion flower is used in herbal medicines to nurture being calm and relaxed. It has also been found to be helpful with decreasing anxiety, with sleep disorders, seizures, and to relieve symptoms which are associated with narcotic drug withdrawal.

"Exposure to sunlight nurtures a positive mood"

People often feel happier when they are exposed to sunlight. Being exposed to sunlight appears to increase the brain’s release of a hormone which is called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with enhancing a positive mood and helping a person to feel calm and focused.

"Yogurt benefits mental health"

Fermented foods, such as yogurt which has active cultures, kefir, kimchi, tempeh  and certain pickled vegetables, have probiotics in them. Probiotics are healthy bacteria which have been shown in studies to decrease anxiety and stress hormones..

"Leafy green veggies promote mental health"

Leafy green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, romaine,  turnip and mustard greens are high in folic acid. Deficiencies in folate as well  as other B vitamins have been associated with higher rates of depression,  fatigue and insomnia.

"Lecithin may benefit brain health"

Some studies have suggested that lecithin may be beneficial for brain and nerve function. Lecithin may help to  improve memory. Soy milk is a good source of lecithin. Lecithin is also  available in supplements. 

"Exercise may help you beat depression"

Regular exercise on a daily  basis may help you prevent and  treat depression. Brisk walks, swimming, riding a bike or jogging are good forms  of exercise to help improve your mood. Exercise in the fresh air and sunshine  may have even more to offer for depression.