List of Brain Foods – side note excludes red bull / coffee *Gasp*

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Brain foods to help you study

Having a busy academic schedule can cause many temptations in consuming greasy burgers, chips, chocolate and many more delicious junk foods (or study treats :P). Despite the heavenly experience when eating these tasty goods, constantly eating these foods can cause an unhealthy lifestyle, making you feel guilty post the food binge and can slow cognitive functions within your brain. If you’re struggling to break away from this habit and are seeking “brain food” below is a list of healthier alternatives that are beneficial to increase your academic competences within your studies!

1. Blueberries
Blueberries are a great super food that helps to improve your memory, balance and co-ordination. Having a cup of blueberries while you study or completing assignments can help you remember content and concentrate on specific tasks. Along with enhancing your learning capacity, blueberries also help in protecting the brain from stress and reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

2. Fish
Essential fatty acids aren’t produced within the body and therefore are consumed through a diet, in particular, consuming fish. These omega fats are necessary for nourishing the brain, important for a healthy heart and contributing to our overall wellbeing. A main source that has sufficient levels of omega fats is salmon. Salmon comprises of high levels of healthy fats that contributes in reducing stress and releasing serotonin within the brain, which controls pain perception and makes you feel good. Incorporating salmon within your diet is a brain food that is essential for cognitive functions and long term memory development (important for studies!).

3. Avocado
Avocado comprises of healthy unsaturated fats and is considered almost on a par with blue berries in stimulating brain health! Including avocado in your breakfast or as a side dish helps to protect brain cells and improve blood flow to the brain. This allows your brain to perform at optimum capacity and contributes to healthy brain development.

4. Whole Grains
The brain relies on a constant flow of energy attributable to excellent cognitive performance. Consuming wholegrains including rice, pasta, nuts and whole grain cereals will keep you alert during the day and are a great source of energy

5. Broccoli
Broccoli is a recommended vegetable as it helps to boost intellectual abilities and improve memory a.k.a brain power! Despite broccoli not being the most favoured vegetable, eating it will help you keep your memories sharp and more retrievable.

6. Dark Chocolate
Yes that is correct!! Dark chocolate when consumed (in moderation) improves verbal fluency and contains antioxidants making you happy.

‘Yassss chocolate lovers unite!’Click To Tweet Dark chocolate has organic components including caffeine and heightens concentration levels when completing tasks.

7. Avoid Alcohol and energy drinks
Limit your alcohol intake during study period as it has negatives affects to the brain and how your body functions! Although coffee and energy drinks (e.g. red bull) are the perfect combinations with your snacks ,consuming excessive amounts can cause heart burn, increased heartbeat, restlessness, anxiety, muscle spasms and addiction.

8. Consume Green Tea
Green tea is a healthier alternative in comparison to coffee and energy drinks. Despite it containing caffeine, this source of energy is organic and not artificially flavoured and altered. Studies have shown people who consume green tea are more productive than those who drink coffee. Green tea increases your metabolism, improves your mood, rejuvenates the body and enriches brain performance.
When combating your studies use these brain foods to help you with your revision and increase brain power!

Article by Anja Botic

References:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11364896/Brain-food-6-snacks-that-are-good-for-the-mind.html
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower
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https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/03/05/3957040.htm

http://www.inc.com/sarah-kimmorley/19-horrible-things-that-can-happen-if-you-drink-too-much-caffeine.html