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Brain Foods?

10:30 AM

Salam and hello!

Some of us are already into final exams mode, some of us... soon.

Surely we need to remember a lot of things to prepare ourselves eh? Today I will be sharing with you a list of brain foods that could help increase your brain capacity and letting you grasp more for your exams! These foods can also be applied on working adults, older people.. basically anyone! Haha. As you can see at the image above, those are only some of the super brain foods. Will be sharing a little bit more of them.

Let us get a move on shall we?
The brain is like all other bodily organs and relies on a steady flow of energy to perform at its best. Our concentration skills are linked to the brain’s supply of glucose. Whole grains with a low GI (glycaemic index) are a healthy brain food as they slowly and steadily release glucose into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. Other carbohydrates are a more unstable source of glucose – white rice and pasta will cause energy levels to peak and then crash, leaving your brain feeling weak and exhausted. Opt for 'brown' cereals, wheatbran, granary bread and brown pasta.

This mean green is definitely one of those bad boys. An all-rounder I mean. Haha. Broccoli is a source of two crucial nutrients that help improve brain function. Vitamin K helps to strengthen cognitive abilities while Choline has been found to improve memory – people who eat plenty of broccoli perform better on memory tests. Broccoli also includes a sizeable serving of folic acid, which can help ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that a lack of folic acid could lead to depression, so eating plenty of broccoli could also keep you happy.

Olive Oil
It's one of those alternative oils for people who are counting calories and wanting to lose weight. Adding in the reason why you should choose taking up this oil: It's an excellent source of polyphenols - a type of powerful antioxidant that can help prevent and even reverse age- and disease- related memory problems. Extra virgin olive oil improves learning and memory, and other studies have shown that swapping saturated fats for mono- and polyunsaturated fats (found in olive oil; also read that these are included in olive oil via My Fitness Pal haha) is also associated with a lower risk for Alzheimer's.

Those bright, round yolks are rich in choline, a B vitamin-like nutrient. When you eat eggs, your brain uses choline to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that may be important for maintaining memory and communication among brain cells. Boston University researchers tracked the eating habits of nearly 1,400 healthy adults for 10 years and found that choline intake correlated positively with better performance on certain types of memory tests.

Dark Chocolate
My favourite because it's CHOCOLATE. Hahahaha. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is healthy for your whole body, but its caffeine content is thought to play a role in maintaining mental acuity. What's more, chocolate is rich in flavonoids, a class of antioxidant that helps to improve blood flow (and thus brain health) by regulating cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.Cocoa can improve verbal fluency and cognitive function in elderly people. So don’t feel guilty about that chocolate bar – your brain will thank you.

Hope these foods that I've suggested can help boost your memory in one way or another. Til then blurbers!

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