Brain Foods: Change Your Diet and Boost Your Brain Power
When it comes to completing assignments and preparing for exams, you will want to take every step possible to increase your chances of success. You can take part in online revision, practise past exam papers, read over your notes and even create flashcards to help memorise your notes. But did you know that you can also boost your brain power by making some small changes to your diet?
Science has proven that certain foods can have a positive impact on your brain, boosting your productivity, memory and overall brain power. So to help you boost your brain power, here are some foods you should try to add to your diet.
Avocados aren’t just delicious; they’re also incredibly good for you! The fruit is rich in monounsaturated fat, which contributes to a healthy blood flow. They also contain oleic acid, which helps build up myelin in your brain, speeding up how fast your brain can process information. Avocados are quite high in calories, however, so don’t go overboard – ½ an avocado a day with a meal is a perfect amount.
Oily fish has long been touted as a “brain food”, due to the high levels of omega 3 that naturally occur in mackerel, salmon, sardines, herring, trout and other types of oil fish. These essential fatty acids can’t be created by the body, and must instead be gained through diet. Omega 3 helps your brain function, so try to eat oily fish once or twice a week.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great healthy snack for when you’re feeling that mid-revision slump. Various types of nuts and seeds contain heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, protein and much more. Try having a handful of pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashews or almonds next time you feel a bit peckish.
Whole grains, like oatmeal, brown bread, and brown rice are an excellent source of fibre and contain complex carbohydrates, which help with energy release throughout the day, while also fighting cognitive decline or memory loss.
Why not try adding these 'superfoods' to your diet as part of your preparation for your next exam, and see how you get on - every little helps, right?
In Medical Revision on Wednesday, 7th January, 2015
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