As I had mentioned before, this week is Dead Week for us La Sierra University Students. So I thought that I would share some foods to increase your brain functions and to improve studying.
1. Eggs (Yolks included!)
Egg yokes contain a nutrient called lutein that is often linked to cognitive function. Lutein is found in your blood stream, as well as your brain. Studies have shown that people with higher levels of lutein are able to process information quicker than those with less lutein. So whether you whether you whip up a quick omelet in the morning, or have some scrabbled eggs as a midnight snack, these babies are going to help you pass those finals!
Salmon and other fatty fish such as mackerel or tuna contain a healthy fat called DHA. DHA is a major benefit for brain development as an early age, but it also is important throughout the rest of your life as well. Like the lutein found in eggs, DHA also helps improve your overall cognitive function, which helps your brain remember things. Fish is also an amazing source of protein, and protein has been shown to help the brain’s ability to be focused and alert. So even if you are in a rush, stop by your local sushi place and pick up a salmon roll to go!
I know, what? Chocolate is good for you? Who knew. Studies have shown that people who consume a small amount of dark chocolate daily have improved verbal and visual memory skills. Dark chocolate how been shown to increase blood flow to your brain as well as your heart. It also increase cognitive function and chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier. Finally, dark chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine as well, so instead of grabbing a monster at 2 am, have a little bit of chocolate.
4. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, chard, collard greens, and spinach contain awesome sources of vitamin E and folate. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dark leafy greens may protect against cognitive decline in older adults. This is attributed to the high folate content of the greens. Studies performed at Tufts University concluded that a diet high in folate protected against decline in verbal fluency and another cognitive test called spatial copying wherein subjects were asked to copy shapes and figures. So, grab a yummy salad or make yourself a green smoothie and feel that brain power increasing!
Happy studying everyone!