10 Foods to Eat for a Higher IQ Baby

You are what you eat has never been of more importance than when carrying your little one through pregnancy.

Did you know that what you eat during pregnancy has a direct correlation to the intelligence of your little one?

Naturally DNA and genetics play a role here too, but research suggests that food (nutrients) and drink are a contributing factor as cognitive intelligence begins in the womb.

Naturally the Vitamin D, folic acid and iron supplements create a good environment for baby, but if you are wondering what to eat to give your baby that extra boost for a greater IQ then take note:

10 Foods to Eat for a Baby with a Higher IQ

  1. Fatty Fish - Canned Sardines, Mackerel, Herring Omega-3 fatty acids. Your body utilizes more Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy to develop a fetus.

  2. Walnuts - Almonds, sunflower seeds or walnuts reduce oxidative stress which helps to improve brain signalling and the creation of neurons in the brain, making Omega-3 fatty acids extremely beneficial.

  3. Green Leafy Veg - The darker the green the better, but anything from spinach to kale and even lentils are rich in folic acid which is needed to protect the brain

  4. Berries - Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries are all antioxidant-rich foods. These aid in your babies cognitive development

  5. Avocados - A source of healthy fats, essential fatty acids as well as potassium and folate which plays a crucial role in the development of the fetus. Avocados are also very good at aiding nausea.

  6. Oats - As a whole grain oatmeal is high in fibre, selenium, vitamin B, phosphorous and calcium, which are believed to help with spatial memory as the glucose is released more steadily into the bloodstream rather than an instant hit. The brain is dependent on a constant supply of glucose to satisfy its energy demands.

  7. Eggs - Boiled eggs are a great source of choline and protein. Choline aids in brain development and is also good for memory – Avoid unpasteurised eggs as they may contain salmonella, and cook eggs all the way the through.

  8. Beans - These are rich sources of Iron, one of the essential nutrients for fetal brain development. It is responsible for supplying oxygen to nerve cells in the baby's brain.

  9. Greek Yoghurt - Yoghurt or milk (nut or animal based) is rich in protein, helping develop healthy nerve cells in the womb to aid the baby's cerebral development. This means it can increase the IQ of the baby and has added benefits of Calcium.

  10. Hemp Seed Oil - It’s extraordinarily rich variety of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients that are fantastic for your health.