As the new academic year begins, fear not! MetMUnch is here to give you advice on what brain food you should be eating to give you a boost, and the advantage.
First things first, eat breakfast! It’s a no brainer!
Research shows that students who eat before exams perform better than those that skip the meal. So get up and get eating brain food!
But rather than just vaguely recommend you eat things that contain slow-release carbohydrates or foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, we’re going to showcase five foods you’ll all recognise that can help you merit that distinction 😉
The primary fuel for your brain is glucose, which comes from carbohydrates. The fibre present in oats keeps your brain sharper for longer, as it provides your brain with a sustainable level of glucose release. Oats also contain protein to help you stay full of energy for longer.
To jazz up this brain food and enhance the nutritional benefits, just add a slice of banana or some blueberries.
Eggs are a great source of protein and amino acids. They are also one of the best sources of vitamin B-12, which helps regulate brain function. Eggs also contain choline, a precursor of acetycholine, which plays a key role in memory and learning.
Make yourself a nice omelette for breakfast in the morning and you are bound to feel more focused in your lectures.
We love salmon! It’s not only delicious, but it’s also great brain food. It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will improve your memory during revision and exams.
Salmon is also one of the best sources of vitamin B-12, and an excellent source of protein. All things you need to boost your brain!
Yes, you heard us right…chocolate! The polyphenols in chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, improving brainpower and help to protect against age-related memory loss.
Before you rush out to buy a bar though, make sure it is dark chocolate, 70% cocoa or more, as dark chocolate has high levels of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium and iron.
Ahh…avocados! Now these beauties not only contain folate, which helps lower stress, but they also contain lots of protein, healthy fats and antioxidants, which are vital for optimum brain function.
Make sure you add some avocado slices to a salad or add them to your wholemeal sandwich to keep you cool, calm and collected.