Nutrient Guide

SmartyPants is dedicated to helping Parents raise healthy brains. Please see our Nutrient Guide to learn more about nutrients that may play a key role in you and your family's brain health and development.

  • Omega 3s

    Vital to Brain Development: Omega-3 acids (DHA, EPA and ALA) are essential fatty acids that may play a critical role in a child's learning ability, brain function and brain development. SEE MORE

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  • Omega 3 DHA

    Building Block of a Healthy Brain and Body: DHA is a component of Omega-3 fatty acids and is considered an essential part of healthy body and brain development in children. DHA is a primary structural component of brain tissue that helps ensure proper brain and eye development and the cellular development of a child's nervous system. SEE MORE

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  • Omega 3 EPA

    An Omega-3 Acid for Healthy Development in Children: EPA is a component of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered an essential, if widely underrepresented, dietary element of healthy body and brain development in children. EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic acid and is required for the production of a special group of substances in the body called prostaglandins, which control blood clotting and other arterial functions SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin A

    Essential for Vision, Growth, and Development: Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skin, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, reproduction, cell division and gene expression. SEE MORE

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  • Choline

    The "Memory Vitamin" Vital to Brain Development: Choline is a member of the vitamin B group of nutrients that supports brain function and plays a crucial role in the development of learning and memory in children. Choline is an essential ingredient in the building blocks of all cell membranes, and it is a precursor to a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is key to many brain and nerve functions, including memory. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin C

    The Brain Retains Vitamin C: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is not manufactured in the body and must be obtained from outside sources. Vitamin C is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin D

    A Key Ingredient to Strong Bones and Bodies: Vitamin D enables bones and teeth to grow properly and helps a child's body absorb calcium and phosphorous - the building blocks for strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D is stored in the skin, brain, spleen, and bones and promotes a child's neuromuscular development and a healthy immune system function. Recent studies suggest many children are Vitamin D deficient. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin E

    A Powerful Antioxidant: Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, is an antioxidant that protects body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals. Free radicals can harm cells, tissues, and organs. It protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation and prevents breakdown of body tissues. SEE MORE

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  • Iodine

    Essential For Normal Brain Development: Iodine is essential for the regulation of thyroid function that involves the brain and pituitary gland. Babies and children need iodine to form thyroid hormones, which are important for growth and health. SEE MORE

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  • Zinc

    For Brain Structure and Function: Zinc is an essential trace element for all organisms. The nervous, reproductive and immune systems are particularly influenced by Zinc deficiency, as well as by increased levels of Zinc. Zinc is present in the brain and contributes to its structure and function. Studies suggest that zinc deficiency may lead to delays in cognitive development and may lead to deficits in children's neuropsychological functioning, activity, or motor development, and thus interfere with cognitive performance. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin B

    The B vitamins were once thought to be a single vitamin, referred to as vitamin B. Later research showed that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods 1. The vitamin B complex consists of 12 related water-soluble substances. Eight are considered essential vitamins because they need to be included in the diet. Four are not essential because the body can synthesize them. SEE MORE

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  • Thiamine

    Known as the "Morale Vitamin" because of its beneficial effects on the nervous system and mental attitude, the brain uses this vitamin to help convert glucose, or blood sugar, into fuel, and without it the brain rapidly runs out of energy. This can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, and anxiety. Thiamine affects enzymes that influence the muscles, nerves, and heart. SEE MORE

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  • Riboflavin

    Riboflavin helps the body convert food to energy and is critical for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Flavocoenzymes participate in the metabolism of drugs and toxins. This vitamin also aids the formation of red blood cells and helps to promote healthy skin and normal vision. SEE MORE

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  • Niacin

    Niacin is the common name for 2 very different compounds: nicotinic acid and niacinamide. This vitamin helps the body convert food to energy, to maintain healthy skin, hair, and eyes as well as aiding the maintenance of the nervous and digestive system. One of the major roles of niacin is in the regulation of cellular respiration and in promoting the proper utilization of all the major nutrients at the cellular level. SEE MORE

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  • Pantothenic Acid

    Essential to mental and emotional well-being, this vitamin is considered the "Anti-Stress" Vitamin because of its important role in the functioning of the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that help our bodies respond to stress. Its needed to form coenzyme-A (CoA) and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that help the body to convert food to energy. Pantothenic acid is needed for production of antibodies to help fight infection, to stimulate manufacture of antibodies, and to promotes wound healing. This key vitamin also helps protects nerve, brain, and muscle tissue. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6 helps to maintain normal brain development and functioning by the synthesis of the neurotransmitters which help regulate the body clock, influence mood, control appetite, and sensitivity to pain. B6 is also used in the formation of red blood cells, antibodies, and insulin. SEE MORE

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  • Biotin

    Necessary for cell growth, Biotin also aids the production of fatty acids, the metabolism of fats and amino acids and assists in various metabolic reactions and helps to transfer carbon dioxide. Recommended for strengthening hair and nails - it is found in many cosmetics and health products for the hair and skin, though it cannot be absorbed through the hair or skin itself. SEE MORE

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  • Folic Acid

    Folic acid is crucial for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Folic acid helps maintains the nervous system's integrity and intestinal tract functions and is involved in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which regulate mood, sleep and appetite. SEE MORE

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  • Vitamin B12

    B12 maintains healthy nerve cells and aids in the production of DNA and RNA, the body's genetic material. Carbohydrate and fat processing requires B12 for its completion and insufficiency of the vitamin can also affect the movement of carbohydrates and fats through the body. Low levels of B12 can cause a range of symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nervousness, numbness, or tingling sensation in the fingers and toes. Severe deficiency causes neurological damage. SEE MORE

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  • Iron

    Iron is an essential component that makes up part of many proteins in the body. Iron is found in every cell of the body. Iron is considered an essential mineral because it is needed to make part of blood cells. Iron also seems to play a role in brain development: cognitive, motor, social-emotional, and neurophysiologic development. Research emphasizes the importance of protecting the developing brain from iron deficiency SEE MORE

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