Revision Brain Food
As exam season draws ever closer, your brain is working in overdrive to try and cope with all this extra information. Think of your brain as a machine. Like any kind of machine, for it to function at its highest level you need to fill it up with the right fuel. So, what exactly is the best fuel for you to get that extra brain boost during exam time?
Fish is the most commonly known food to make you sharper and keep your brain healthy. Apart from being extremely tasty, fish has a whole host of things going for it nutritionally. It’s jam-packed with vitamin B12, which is essential for reducing fatigue and memory loss. It’s also an excellent source of protein, which helps brain cells communicate with each other. Most importantly, fish contains something called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which helps build up the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, language and attention. With all of this in mind, we would recommend salmon, a nice oily and readily available fish, to power you through your revision!
Who doesn’t love eggs? This versatile and easy little treat is full of many nutritive elements that your brain and body need daily. Protein inside an egg is pretty much the highest quality you can find, another boost to the communication of those brain cells! Start your day with some eggs and you will feel energised and alert throughout the day. Another benefit to these small packages of brain fuel is choline, something that is important for maintaining your memory. So, however you like your eggs, cook them up in the morning for an egg-cellent start to your day!
If you’re lucky enough not to be allergic to these kinds of nuts, peanut butter and peanuts are a brilliant source of vitamin E, something that your brain cells use to protect them from a chemical breakdown. Peanuts are also high in protein; can you sense a theme here? Protein, protein, protein! Those brain cells love their protein. Try and include peanuts in your meals, or even have a bowl of them on your study desk so you can snack on them throughout the day.
A bowl of blueberries a day keeps brain fatigue at bay. Starting your revision session with a bowl of blueberries can boost your concentration and memory for later in the day. Don’t just take our word for it, British scientists have made a discovery showing that the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, helping to keep the mind fresh all day long.
So, try adding these foods into your everyday diet and give your brain the best chance of getting through exam time in the best possible condition!