Elena Makarova, MFT Psychotherapy in Palo Alto, South Bay and Mid-Peninsula
Key Nutrients for Brain Development: [1]

Key Nutrients for Brain Development :

  • Vitamin A - Cod Liver oil; liver; butter and egg yolks from grass-fed animals
  • Vitamin D - Cod liver oil; lard; butter and egg yolks from grass-fed animals
  • DHA - Cod liver oil; liver; butter and egg yolks from grass-fed animals
  • Zinc - Red meat of grass-fed animals, shellfish
  • Tryptophan - Meat of grass-fed animals
  • Cholesterol - Dairy foods, eggs, seafood, meat of grass-fed animals

Vegetarians:

  • Eat eggs
  • Consume whole milk dairy products such as yogurt (not sugar added)
  • Consider chicken stock from pastured chickens or cod liver oil
  • Consider fish, but avoid high mercury fish
  • Eat more lentils, beans, nuts, and other protein foods
  • Avoid soy and highly processed "meat substitutes"

[1]: Adopted from Healthful Living (www.Healthfulliving.org).