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Foods to boost your brainpower

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A new study from the British Medical Journal shows that cognitive decline that results in a decrease in memory and reasoning capacity affect our brains and there are certain foods that can help boost us mentally. Here’s what you should eat to help with your studies…

 

Leafy greens

People who ate two or more daily servings of vegetables, especially leafy greens, had the mental focus of people five years their junior. Try to go for a big salad for lunch. You can even add in some roast chicken or tuna with some dressing to spice things up.

 

Whole grains

Eating whole grains for breakfast helps sustain mental focus better. Avoid eating heavy breakfast like nasi lemak. Go for whole grain cereal, add in some raisins and nuts with a splash of milk and a tablespoon of honey if you like it sweet. Alternatively, go for a sunny side up and whole wheat toast.

 

Coffee

This might come as a surprise to many of us especially since we’ve read so often that caffeine is bad. But, it has been proven that coffee can help your mind feel sharper and take away the sleepy morning fog. According to research, men who drink coffee feel more alert more quickly than women do after drinking a caffeinated beverage. Women however, are more influenced by the placebo effect as they anticipate the stimulating effects of caffeine.

 

Gum

It’s not food but people who chew gum during a stressful task become more alert afterwards. Also, the act of constant chewing will stop you from falling asleep.

 

Blueberries

The consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying memory loss. They’re widely available but you can also look out for dark red and purple fruits and vegetables which contain the same protective compounds called anthocyanins.

 

Broccoli

This is a great source of vitamin K, known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower. Researchers have reported that because broccoli is high in compounds called glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and memories sharp.

 

 

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