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Fish Oil, Butter and Eggs Improve Children's Brain Function

The most important fats for children are DHA (primarily from fish oil) and AA (arachidonic acid primarily from butter and eggs).

The quality of general movements (complex movements that involve the head, trunk, arms, and legs) has been shown to be an accurate technique for evaluating the quality of brain function in young infants. This study found a major improvement in general movements and secondary brain function.

Folks, this is a no-brainer (pun intended).

If you don't give your children fish oil, butter and eggs you are clearly decreasing their brain function. Ideally, it is best to provide the infants with raw eggs. While this may alarm some for fear of salmonella, even in conventional eggs the risk is less than one in 30,000, and in high-quality eggs the risk is far lower.

An earlier study showed that infants can tolerate the equivalent of 40 eggs per week. Breast milk of course is the best food for infants. But it sure seems that adding 1 ml (cc) of fish oil for every 10 pounds of body weight is a wise precaution.

If your child is unable to breast feed for whatever reason you will want to review my revised infant nutrition guidelines.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition August 2003 Vol. 78, No. 2, 313-318,

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