Health Watch — School Days: Brain Food

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting ready to go back to school. Good nutrition is essential for learning – and not just in school-day lunches.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can improve alertness and concentration by giving the brain the nutrients it needs. These nutrients include iron, zinc, niacin, thiamin and vitamins B6 and B12. You can get these nutrients from foods such as lean meats, leafy vegetables, beans, cereals, whole grains, eggs, milk, nuts, fish and shellfish. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, are also important for brain development. In other words, a balanced, nutritious diet is good for your brain. Good nutrition in all three meals every day can add up to a healthier brain and better performance in school.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.


August 2008

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