Earlier this year, Business Insider published a list from a summary of various studies which identified certain factors, traits and other things that make a person smart or smarter than others.
1. Being left handed
2. Being tall
3. Owning a cat
4. Experimenting with drugs
5. Being an eldest in the family
6. Not smoking
7. Taking music lessons
8. Having a cat.
And in a recent infographic the site shared I noticed it left off one of the important ones we at Bellyitch always hear about:
9. Being breastfed!
Check out the infographic below from the recent piece for explanations on what makes these traits cause for higher IQ in a person:
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“In two studies of breast-fed infants involving more than 3,000 children in Britain and New Zealand, breastfeeding was found to raise intelligence an average of nearly seven IQ points if the children had a particular version of a gene called FADS2,” Duke University reported in a press release.
That gene version is “involved in the control of fatty acid pathways,” said researcher and University of Illinois-Chicago psychologist Julia Kim-Cohen, and it “may help the children make better use of the breast milk and promote the brain development that is associated with a higher IQ score.”
Figuring out the exact mechanism of this relationship between FADS2, breastfeeding, and IQ will require further study, the scientists noted in their 2007 paper on the finding.