Updated: Mar 13, 2018
Have you ever wondered what types of foods maximize brain function? How about the night before an exam? We thought so!
Well you’re in luck. These 6 superfoods are known to enhance brain function and even improve memory. Best of all, they can also help with retention, studying, and, of course, your GPA.
Here are some of the delicious and affordable foods that can really power up your study sessions.
01. EGGs aka Huevos
There’s a reason why eggs are such an important breakfast staple. They pack quite an amount of choline which is known to be important for memory function and development. They’re also one of the best ways to get lutein and zeaxanthin, which can improve cognitive function. Don’t skip on the yolks! They contain most of the good stuff.
Bonus: If you scramble eggs with some of the next item on our list you will have quite a cognitive pick-me-up!
Rich in B, K, B5, B6, and E vitamins, potassium, and folate, avocados promote oxygenation and blood supply to the brain. They contain healthy monounsaturated fats that help improve brain function, which is great for studying and critical thinking!
These little ones contain compounds called flavonoids that improve cognitive functions, learning, memory, reasoning skills and comprehension. The antioxidants in blueberries stimulate blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which really helps when you’re studying or taking an exam.
The good thing about blueberries is that you don’t have to eat them fresh for the nutrients. Frozen blueberries are just as potent as a fresh ones, so buy in bulk and keep in your freezer for a quick snack or a smoothie.
This stalking hulk is high in fiber, vitamins K, C, A, B6, and potassium. Broccoli is also known to improve cognition and psychomotor behavior. Like eggs, broccoli also contains choline so if you don’t eat eggs then broccoli, or even cauliflower, will be your best bet.
05. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts! Almonds, Cashews, really any nuts are full of vitamin E, which has been linked to less cognitive decline as you grow older. They’re also full of healthy fats to help you maintain energy levels during that big exam or study session.
The brain stores a significant amount of fat, in fact almost 60 percent of it is collected fatty acids. The brain’s fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3-primarly found in oily fish. Because your body can’t produce DHA on its own, you need to get it from other sources, like salmon! DHA acts as a shell for your neurons or brain cells, which makes the majority of the membrane, the cell’s outer coating.
These fatty acids protect neurons from injury, reduces cerebral inflammation, and helps neurotransmitters that tell cells what to do. They’re also essential for quick information transfer down to the axon, the neuron’s highway. It is important to keep your shell protected so, if you haven’t had your salmon for the week, eat some now!
Food for Thought
All of these superfoods help enrich your thinking cap and make for a better study session. Whether you’re eating lunch, dinner, or even a snack, you can incorporate any one of these supplements for a healthier mind and body.
College is the perfect time to try new things—especially when these new things enhance your brain power! Don’t think, just EAT!