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Brain-Boosting Foods

Brain-Boosting Foods

We’ve all heard of “super foods” and “brain foods”. However, few people know what these terms actually mean. A mountain of books and articles only confuse us. You probably don’t have a time to read about “alpha-linoleic acid” or “flavonoids,” so we did for you.

Today, we want to explain you how to make smart food choices and why it’s important to provide your brain with enough nutritional support.

  • Berries and other fruits

    All berries are rich in antioxidants and packed with vitamin C, nutrients that help your brain work faster and increase mental agility. Sugars contained in fruits like grapes, persimmons and bananas make you more energized and alert, thus increasing your productivity.

  • Nuts, seeds, oily fish, eggs, and avocadoes

    Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty oils, which are critical for normal brain function. Unfortunately, our body doesn’t produce these oils on its own, and omega-3 deficiency can lead to fatigue and lethargy. But what if you’re a vegan? Don’t worry - there’s a huge number of nuts and seeds ready to help you in your studies. Flaxseeds and walnuts are especially rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, and avocadoes are the great source of quality fat for vegans as well.

  • Dark chocolate

    Dark chocolate is a great tool for relaxed focus. However, make sure you read the ingredients first and choose a bar that contains more than 75% cocoa. Bad quality chocolate won’t help you pass a test definitely, as it will only spike your blood-sugar levels, making you agitated and nervous. 

  • Vegetables

    Vegetables contain huge amounts of different vitamins and minerals. At the supermarket, try to add some color to your cart and toss in some tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots and beets. All of these foods are rich in nutrients beneficial for cognitive function, concentration, and brain health. Leafy vegetables are also potentially great for improving mental performance.

  • Herbs and spices

    Throughout the history people have been using herbs and spices to preserve food and improve the taste of food. Modern science has shown that herbs and spices also carry remarkable health benefits. For instance, cinnamon helps fight inflammation and lower blood sugar, which can make you more patient and focused in class. Another great superfood is sage. It has wonderful healing properties and can improve brain and memory function.

Text by
Veronika Mark