5 Foods to help you study

We read a lot about the various tips that you can follow while preparing for the JEE and NEET. However, what most of them tend to avoid is something so crucial, yet everyone takes for granted – food.

What you eat is directly proportional to how you perform. The same way as the type of petrol you put in your car determines how well it functions. So with your body, it’s extremely important to feed it the right foods that will help you maximise your potential. These foods have been specially selected for their memory-boosting qualities. Make sure to include them in your diet.

This article lists 5 foods that boost your brain.

Fatty Fish

When people talk about brain foods, fatty fish is often at the top of the list.This type of fish includes salmon, trout and sardines, which are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. About 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is the omega-3 kind.Your brain uses omega-3s to build brain and nerve cells, and these fats are essential for learning and memory.

Avocado

Often called a ‘superfood’, they have a high concentration of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.According to WebMD, “every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain”, and avocados “[enhance] blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells”.

Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are full of antioxidants and carotenoids, which boost your brain power, and help protect your brain. (A good, general tip: the greener a leaf vegetable is, the better.) Leafy green vegetables are also full of B-vitamins, which are “proven to help your memory, focus, and overall brain health and power”. They also contain folic acid, which improves your mental clarity.




 

Blueberries

Studies show that blueberries boost “concentration and memory” for up to five hours because “the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to [your] brain – and keep the mind fresh”.2 Blueberries also contain a “cocktail of anti-oxidants including anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannins”, and while I’m not going to even pretend I know what those are, they have been shown to boost focus, and even protect against cancer, heart disease, and dimensia.

Green tea

Green tea helps you focus for two reasons: one, it contains caffeine, and two, it contains l’theanine. There is no doubt that caffeine helps you focus and improves your alertness. Good. That’s covered. Well, what the hell is l’theanine? It’s an ingredient that’s been shown to “increase alpha-wave activity”, which increases tranquility and releases caffeine more slowly, instead of all at once, which can lead to you crashing.The two ingredients also combine to “produce a better ability to focus attention, with improvement of both speed and accuracy”. If you’re able to handle the caffeine content, introducing green tea into your diet is pretty much a no-brainer.