Brain Foods Beat Cramming for Exams
We all have gone through last-minute study sessions, pulling “all-nighters” to prepare (CRAM) for an exam. We stay up all night with cups of coffee or energy drinks, staring at the clock and wondering if there’s time left to maybe squeeze in a little power nap before the exam. Then morning comes and we are just too mentally and physically exhausted to perform well on the exam.
I have a helpful tip that can prepare you for success on your exams—without having to exhaust yourself with cram sessions: “Brain Foods.” Just incorporating these food items in your diet can help keep your brain in shape. So what are they?
- Fish—Fish is rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for brain function and development, and have been proven to enhance memory—especially as we get older.
- Blueberries—Blueberries have high amounts of antioxidants, which clean up those free radicals that disrupt neurons.
- Green Tea—Green tea is also full of antioxidants. It has catechin, which promotes blood flow to boost brainpower by enhancing memory and focus.
- Almonds—Almonds contain Vitamin E. Studies have shown poor memory performance is associated with low levels of Vitamin E.
- Dairy—Milk and yogurt are packed with B vitamins, which have been proven to prevent memory loss.
- Dark Chocolate—Dark chocolate contains cocoa, which improves blood flow to the brain, and is loaded with caffeine, which also aids in concentration.
So try to incorporate these foods into your diet daily to help boost brain performance and memory. Or if you must cram for that big exam, have a glass of milk, eat some dark chocolate, and snack on some almonds when you are studying. Good luck!
Thai Nguyen is a faculty member at Independence University.