Our expert says:
The most important factors influencing IQ are: a) genetics - some people are born geniuses, others not. 2) exposure to intelligence stimulating education and other factors that will improve the IQ. From a dietary point of view the nutrition of an expectant woman can have an influence on the IQ of her unborn baby - for example drinking alcohol can cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and mental retardation; a lack of iodine can also cause mental retardation; the intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and for the first year of life will boost the development of the nervous system and could increase IQ. In adults, a balanced diet and paying attention to keeping blood sugar levels constant will help concentration, but cannot improve the IQ.
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