Okay so let’s be honest here for a moment. We all want to find something that will give us “the edge” when it comes to enduring and (hopefully) succeeding at University.
The fact is, there is no silver bullet to achieve this; hard work, a good sleep schedule, and a lot of brain food are your best bets.
Many foods are touted as brain foods and encouraged as healthy alternatives to concentration pills or other synthetic alternatives. What are these though, and how do they help?
Brain food facts
The consensus among nutritionists is to stay away from processed foods and stick to a diet of whole foods as close to their natural state as possible. What can that include for you?
Bananas are perfect for students as a grab and go situation when you’ve overslept, or when you just need a quick snack. They are high in potassium and magnesium which, among other things, are great for nerve and muscle function as well as helping to reduce fatigue and enhance focus. Vitamin B6 is another added bonus which helps in the production of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine which boost concentration.
One study on the benefits of avocado tells us that “the research tracked how 40 healthy adults ages 50 and over who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and significantly improved working memory and problem-solving skills.”
They also serve to increase blood supply to the brain thereby improving oxygen levels and they have also been shown to lower blood pressure.
These powerful little superfoods come with a host of benefits, not least of which is boosting our memory. In fact, they’re thought to be so good at this job that they can also protect the brain from future memory lapses. One of the reasons for this is attributed to their high antioxidant levels which slow down ageing neurons and improved cell signalling.
So, it certainly seems that stocking up on healthy, natural foods can not only have a positive impact on your waistline but also on your brain. Let’s go shopping!