Brain Foods


Recommended Brain Foods To Enhance Study Effectiveness

Assessments and exams often cloud the life of students at school or university and become particularly stressful times to manage. By helping your child to eat ‘brain foods’ during this time, not only will you be helping them to become healthier, but you will also help them to study more effectively. Concentration levels are key indicators of how good or bad some foods can be during study periods. Eating foods with simple carbohydrates (such as white bread or white pasta) can mean that students experience higher concentration and energy levels initially which then becomes replaced with feelings of lethargy and laziness. This article will outline some recommended brain foods for students of all ages and hopefully provide some insight as to why some foods can have a negative influence on studying.

  1. Wholegrain foods with low GI levels (such as wheatbran, brown pasta etc) provide a steady level of energy which helps students to maintain concentration over longer time periods.
  2. Eating oily fish (good examples include salmon, sardines, and trout). Some students may not like eating fish, but this is no excuse as there are other foods which also contain necessary essential fatty acids, such as pumpkin seeds, walnut oil, and linseed or flaxseed oil. There are also plenty of fish oil supplements available in the market. Calamari oil is also available in capsule form from companies like Australian Natural Care and this is a particularly recommended for students as it has about three times the level of EPA and DHA as standard fish oil capsules.
  3. Fruit and vegetables (top snacking fruits include apples, bananas, and berries). These contain all kinds of minerals and vitamins which are necessary for a healthy diet in any case, and provide a great energy boost. Junk food, on the other hand, contains more calories and gives a short boost of energy which quickly dissipates.

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