“You are what you eat” has a crazy amount of truth to it. Eating healthy while in school is difficult, but not impossible. Consuming junky foods like ramen and donuts not only has a negative impact on your body, but also on your brain functions, memory included (do we even like ramen). This list of brain foods is something we hope you keep in mind while at the store or in the cafeteria line, because:
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This superfood is known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders, like dementia. Tests show that the berry increases motor skills and capacity of learning in aging rats, giving them equal abilities to their younger furry friends. Berries are also bursting with body healthy antioxidants, and easy to work into a diet.
Fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and sardines, are an essential for a proper, functioning brain. They reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and are necessary for brain cell’s signal transmissions. Roughly 4 oz. of fatty fish two to three times a week is recommended.
This green, fatty fruit is a dietary essential with its Vitamin E and monosaturated fat. The monosaturated fats promote healthy blood flow, which reduces the risk of hypertension and lowers blood pressure. Try to stick to only a quarter or a half of the fruit- its deliciousness is easy to overindulge in.
Broccoli, bok choy, and other greens (particularly leafy ones) are chock full of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and carotenoids. Carotenoids are plant compounds that are good at protecting your brain functions. Mix some greens into your diet, daily.
Yes, you can rejoice! Moderate amounts of caffeine have been shown to improve brain function. Improved reaction time and attention span are two of the benefits, which in college, is essential. Drink up, but don’t overdo it.
Eggs are rich in protein and contain choline in their yolks. Both of these increase overall brain function and memory. Plus, they’re easy to make, inexpensive, and quick, all the requirements we look for in college food.
We saved the best for last, of course. It goes without saying that you need to consume this one in moderation; but hey, we’re not judging. It’s full of antioxidants and natural stimulants, plus it aids in endorphin production. Not only is your memory improved, but you’ll be in a good mood, too!