Healthy Kids : Follow These Tips for a Smart Kid

Michael Overall

If your kid's diet has enough "long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids" in it, he'll grow up smart enough to know what that means.

Apparently, it's fish oil.

Researchers from New York University used a "meta-analysis" -- you would know what that is, too, if you had eaten more seafood as a toddler -- to put together a Database of Raising Intelligence.

And an analysis of the database revealed a few relatively simple ways to boost a young child's brain power, according to a new report in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Highlights include:

Fatty acids increased IQ by more than 3.5 points, apparently because they provide the building blocks for brain-cell development.

Preschool raised IQ by more than four points, and some preschools do better than seven points.

And "interactive" reading -- not just reading to a child, but asking questions and encouraging him to follow along -- bumped IQ at least six points.

Read more on the subject at tulsaworld.com/sciencedaily Michael Overall 918-581-8383 michael.overall@tulsaworld.com

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