Obtain smart food for your brain

By: MARINA ANDALORO

Staff Writer

Whether it’s studying, taking notes, or completing an exam, we need the right amount of energy and brain power to encourage us to stay focused. With finals creeping up and the semester coming to an end, it is extremely necessary to eat properly. There are certain foods that help your brain stay focused and energized, as well as boost your memory. Eight “super” foods are listed below and each explains how it affects the brain.

Eggs
Eggs have a great source of Vitamin B12, lecithin, and are full of essential fatty acids. There were studies that showed Vitamin B12 can protect you from brain shrinkage or developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is known that the yolk in the egg is high in cholesterol, but it is also high in choline. Choline is known to speed up the process of sending signals to the nerve cells and increase brain power. Eating one or two eggs a day will help you develop great brain power.

Spinach
Spinach contains potassium, magnesium, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid. Spinach helps control anxiety, produces red blood cells, and improves memory. Spinach contains L-tyrosine, which is an amino acid critical to synthesizing dopamine and norepinephrine. The neurotransmitters are responsible for keeping your brain alert and focused. One cup of boiled spinach provides 20% of your DV for tyrosine. It also contains more than 65% of your Daily Value for folate and more than 20% of vitamin B6.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds have a great source of fiber and protein, as well as manganese, magnesium, iron and zinc. Zinc is extremely beneficial in this case because it helps the body properly functioning throughout brain, skin, and immune system. It has been said that eating pumpkin seeds can elevate your mood.

Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers contain a large amount of vitamin B6, folate acids, and potassium. Eating red bell peppers helps your brain function and protects you from migraines. Also, red bell peppers can also help relieve stress symptoms caused by depression and heart disease.
Avocado

Avocados are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids. They increase oxygen and blood flow to your brain; the healthier your blood flow, the healthier your brain. Avocadoes also lower blood pressure levels. Because of this, it may help boost your cognitive abilities.

Grapes
Whether you’re eating black grapes or drinking black grape juice, you are increasing your levels of dopamine. Dopamine is proven to sharpen your memory and activate your brain activity. The compounds in grape seed extract activate genes that control cellular rejuvenation. Grape seed extract strengthened existing brain cell connections in the memory control center of the brain (hippocampus).

Blueberry
Berries contain fisetin and flavenoid, which aide in memory improvement and allow you to recall past events. By eating blueberries, it also helps in improving your motor skills and overall learning capacity. It is known that the blueberry is the best berry for your brain. An important fact to known is that if you eat blueberries once a day, you can help prevent the effects of aging on the brain.

Fish
The Omega-3 in fish increases energy, enhances learning abilities, and improves problem-solving skills. Salmon, tuna, and herring are the best choices of fish to eat for your brain.  If you eat one serving of fish a week, it can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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