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5 essential nutrients for a baby’s brain development - DHA, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Choline


The first 1000 days of life, a period between conception and a child’s second year, are considered to be the foundation period to receive optimal nutrition and attain good health for both mother and baby.1 It is thus an important time to understand not just how nutrition affects a baby’s development but to also take stock of the best foods for a child’s brain development. Nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy can drastically affect the baby’s brain development.

Human brain

Important nutrients significantly contributing to a baby’s brain development2

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