Food For Thought

By Zoe Taylor

Who doesn’t love eating? It’s a vital part of our day, and if you do it right it just might help you learn faster and better!

FoodForThought

Here’s a helpful list of the top 10 brain foods to consume while you learn.

1. Blueberries
The consumption of blueberries can improve and delay short term memory loss, and is also connected to faster learning and sharper thinking.

2. Spinach
Spinach is high in Vitamin E. Just half a cup of cooked spinach has one quarter of your daily vitamin E intake. While it’s not the most appealing food to eat on its own, mixed with some nice ricotta it can be quite tasty!

3. Rosemary
Rosemary improves blood flow to the brain, mood, and is a good antioxidant too. Just its mere scent helps to improve memory and cognitive function.

4. Nuts
Nuts, particularly peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts help keep the heart and brain healthy and functioning properly.

5. Avocados
Avocados are a fattier fruit, however the fat they contain is a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. If you have a healthy blood flow, you have a healthy brain. These funky fruits also help lower blood pressure, which reduces the risk of a decline in cognitive abilities.

6. Whole Grains
Oatmeal, oat bran, brown rice and other whole grains that are rich in fibre, which gives us an adequate and steady supply of energy, which in turn increases our ability to concentrate and focus.

7. Chick Peas
Mmm, falafels! These yummy little things area great source of magnesium, a mineral that is great for our brain cell receptors, which help speed message transmission. Magnesium also relaxes your blood vessels, which lets more blood through to the brain.

8. Dark Chocolate
I’m sure you’re very pleased to read that chocolate is good for brain power, well dark chocolate anyway. Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) contains flavonoids, which have been linked to brain health.

9. Tea
Yes, I suppose this is technically a drink, but it’s well worth including in this list. As well as being a good calming method, drinking green or black tea can help keep your mind sharp, fresh, and functioning properly due to the catechins it contains.

10. Red Meat
Vitamin B12 is essential to brain function, and the high vitamin B12 content in red meat, particularly beef, lamb and pork, makes this food a fantastic food for when you’re studying.

I’ll be posting some great recipes soon for each of the foods, so watch this space! Happy eating!

(Source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4, source 5, source 6, source 7, source 8)

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