How many of you have that friend who advises you every week without fail to switch up your sugar filled study snacks for a healthier option? I’d be willing to bet that about 90% of students reading this article have just nodded their heads! How many of you never bother to pay said friend much attention, thinking that the idea of “brain foods” is just a myth? Me too.
But this week, I’ve decided to take a moment to do the research and find out why these “brain foods” will supposedly help me to study…
Blueberries: These sweet little berries are jam packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C and K. They also contain a high level of gallic acid, which protects our brains from stress. Some studies have shown that blueberries not only help improve your memory but have also been known to reverse memory loss.
Avocados: Avocados are known for containing a lot of fat, but luckily for us it’s the “good” kind (monounsaturated fats), which as well as bettering our body in other ways, benefit our brains specifically by protecting our nerve cells and keep brain cell membranes healthy.
Broccoli: Broccoli is good for out brains because it contains a nutrient called Choline, which has proved to improve our memory capacities.
Almonds: Almonds are very rich in vitamin E, a high intake of which can improve your memory and verbal measures.
Dark chocolate: Although not everyone’s favourite type of chocolate, some studies have shown that a daily dose of dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain, allowing it to work at full capacity. So now you actually have an excuse to eat chocolate every day!
Then there’s the foods that benefit our brains by releasing glucose slowly but surely throughout the day and therefore supply our cerebrum with a steady supply of energy. These foods include wholegrains, asparagus, rice, beans and nuts.
So there you have it. Turns out that friend of ours may have had a point!