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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D



Nov 15, 2002 Issue

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                                     ~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

                               "Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid" 

                             Volume #1 Issue #1 November 15, 2002

                           Andrew L., Publisher,

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T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S : 

(1)  ~ EDITORIAL ~ 
(2)  ~ ARTICLES  -  Feed The Brain ~
(4)  ~ CONTACT US - Contact and Subscriber Information ~

E D I T O R I A L - W e l c o m e !

Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to the Premier Issue.

Thank you once again for subscribing to BrainyZine. I
started the premier issue with the article 'Feed The Brain'
as it is probably the 'easiest' way that you can do right
away to enhance your child's brain power. You just need
to ensure your child get the right formulated 'brainy diet'
such as DHA, DMAE, Acetylcholine and Ginkgo biloba. Then, 
you just sit back and relax .....8-). Wow, that simple? 
Of course, nope. This is only the first step, there are 
more advises to come in the future issues. Just make sure 
you watch out for it.

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" Feed The Brain "

Brain development is affected greatly by a baby's nutrition
intake. Children who are malnourished will resulted an 
inadequate brain growth that showing lower IQ, slower 
language and fine motor development. Before we talk about 
the kind of food that we need to 'feed' the brain. We 
probably want to ask ourselves, what is our brain made of?

~ The Building Block of the Brain ~

Our brain is primarily fat, 60% by dry weight!
Few people realize how important fat is to a healthy 
brain. And DHA, the most plentiful fatty acid in the brain, 
is crucial to brain health, from infancy to old age. 

~ DHA ~

Many parents today already heard about the brain food - DHA. 
If you have not, you may want to pay attention to this.

DHA is shorthand for docosahexaenoic acid. This omega-3 long 
chain fatty acid is the primary building block of the brain 
and retina of the eye. The brain is 60% fat, and DHA is the 
most abundant fatty acid in the brain, comprising 25-35%. 
DHA is found in even greater concentrations - 50-60% - in 
the retina. DHA is critical for infant development. 
Compelling research links DHA to the rapid cerebral cortex 
and eye development that occurs during pregnancy and in the 
first few months after birth.

DHA passes through the placenta to the fetus during pregnancy, 
and to the nursing baby through breast milk. Optimal levels 
of DHA in the bloodstream of pregnant women and the breast 
milk of nursing mothers are crucial to babies. In fact, 
DHA's presence in breast milk may explain why breast-fed 
babies have demonstrable IQ advantages over babies fed 
formula without DHA. This is proved by the 21-year study by 
a research team at Brisbane's University of Queensland. They 
found that the breastfed children ended up with an intellectual 
advantage of eight IQ points. One of the explanation by Prof.
Najman, the research team leader was "that omega fatty acids 
found in breast milk may be giving breastfed children an 
intellectual advantage."

Once we understood the important of DHA presence in 
breast-milk, one must also realizes that the level of DHA 
vary widely from mother to mother. In fact, the DHA levels 
in the breast-milk of American women rank among the lowest 
in the world. Why? Because the level of DHA in the 
breast-milk is very much depending upon the food intake of 
the mother. To produce high level of DHA in the breast-milk, 
the mothers should try to eat as much seafood as possible 
on the regular basis. And try to breast-feed their children 
if at all possible.

With the finding of the importance of DHA in brain development, 
the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that DHA 
be included in infant formulas at levels comparable to those 
of mothers' milk. Today, you can find many infant formulas 
are fortified with DHA such as:
      * Frisogrow
      * Anmum Essential
      * Enfapro
      * Dumex
      * ... and many more! 

Just look for DHA next time when you are buying infant formula.
In addition, you can find DHA packaged in the softgel for 
older children. You can find these products in major pharmacies 
and there are three products that I've come across:
      * 'Champs'
      * Kordel's Tuna Oil
      * 'Red Sun' - BrainMax

You can also ensure your children (and yourself) obtain DHA 
from the diets. The richest sources of DHA are red meats, 
animal organs, and eggs. Deep-water fish obtain their DHA from 
microalgae like salmon, striped bass, rainbow trout, halibut, 
tuna, sardines, mackerel or fish oil supplements for those 
whose fish intake is very low. You can also find DHA in plants 
like green leafy vegetables, soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed and 
canola oil. 

~ DMAE ~

DMAE normally found in small amounts in our brains, DMAE 
(dimetheyaminoethanol) has been shown to remarkably enhance 
improvement in learning, mental alertness and clarity of 
thinking. A study conducted by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of Princeton, 
N.J. showed significant improvements in behavior, learning 
ability, and attention span with 108 boys and girls. 
Irritability was decreased, scholastic ability was improved 
and intelligence was actually elevated in some cases. With 
its ability to improve attention span, DMAE is also alleviates 
behavior problems and hyperactivity such as ADD (Attention 
Deficit Disorder).

DMAE is often given credit for having to elevate mood and 
improve memory and learning. People who have taken DMAE for 
a period of a few weeks often report an increase in physical 
energy and less of a need for sleep. Occurring naturally in 
fish (sardines), you can also find DMAE in tablets/capsule 
form in major pharmacies. Why is DMAE important? Because, it 
also increases the levels of the neurotransmitter 
'acetylcholine' in the brain. Next...

~ Acetylcholine ~

'Acetylocholine' was the very first neurotransmitter to be
identified back in the early 1900s. Acetylcholine is found
in the brain and the peripheral nervous system and is an 
critical element in brain development and it proved to enhance 
spatial memory and mental focus. Choline is the usual pre-
cursor of acetylocholine and Choline influences levels of 
acetylcholine. One of the infant formula that contains 
choline is 'ABBOTT GROW'.

~ Ginkgo biloba ~

The last food for brain in this article (there are many 
others, make sure you follow the subscription to receive 
more information in the future) is Ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo 
biloba is the oldest species of tree native to China. Extracts
from the leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree has been used 
medicinally for centuries. Studies showed that ginkgo works
by increasing blood flow throughout the body and brain. 
Especially, ginkgo biloba improves circulation and oxygen 
supply to the brain. Thereby improves mental alertness by 
increasing the brain's alpha wave rhythms and overall brain 
functioning. You can find Ginkgo biloba tablets in major 

N E X T  I S S U E
Next issue, You'll be able to find the checklist for you to
evaluate the child care/kindergarten to ensure they provide
a comprehensive program that will help your child grow and
develop to their potential. Make sure you don't miss it!

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