As a tutor with years of experience, and as a former health volunteer for the Peace Corps, I’ve learned that there is a strong relationship between the health of our bodies and our ability to learn.
I lived in Africa for two years, and while I was there I saw the negative impact that malnutrition had on the growth and school performance of Zambian schoolchildren. Although most Americans are not calorie or protein deprived like the African children I worked with, our diets often lack the vitamins, minerals, and essential fats that help us function at our best.
What has research shown to be beneficial? The top choices seem to be:
1. A good multivitamin.
In several research studies, between one third and one half of school children who took a multivitamin-mineral supplement raised their non-verbal IQ scores as much as 25 points.
2. Omega 3 fatty acids.
Studies have repeatedly shown that children with lower levels of these essential fatty acids are more likely to be hyperactive, have learning disorders, and to display behavioral problems. Click here for an in-depth article on the importance of Omega 3’s in our diet.
3. B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, and others.
Much research has confirmed the importance of adequate intakes of these vitamins in ensuring that your student is learning to the best of his ability. Click here for an in depth article on which supplements might help your student learn.
More and more research is showing that there is a vital link between brain and body health. Do your student a favor and explore supplements as a great way to help your student perform at his or her best!