(WCVB TV – Boston) Looking to give your child an extra edge in the classroom this year? Check their dinner plate. Many foods contain vitamins and minerals that have been linked to improved academic performance.

Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic. She said folic acid is a good place to start. “So, folate has been shown in several studies to boost academic performance. And you can find folate it lentils, prepared cereals, any kind of bean product and the nice thing with the beans is that it also provides fiber,” she said.

Folate is the general term for the various forms of the B vitamin. A recent Swedish study found a correlation between folate intake and academic achievement. Broccoli, spinach and kidney beans are also good sources.

Kirkpatrick said iron has been linked to improved academic performance, too. She said you can get it from eggs and leafy green vegetables – not just red meat. Another way to give your brain a boost is to a little more zinc into your diet.

Kirkpatrick said a pediatric multivitamin is also something to consider for your child. This will help ensure they have all of the vitamins and minerals they need for maximum classroom performance.