Brain foods to boost your mood – Study Tips #1

Let’s face it, we all like the occasional junk food – but when it comes to studying for life-changing exams it’s good to consider extra ways in which you can boost your performance.


Time and again it’s been proven that a diet rich in essential fatty acids, fruits and vegetables can do incredible things for your health. They help avoid high blood pressure and health-related issues later in life, are great for your mental well-being and boost your brain power. We all lead busy lives, so increasing your studying effectiveness should be of the utmost priority.


Eating ‘brain foods’ will help improve your learning ability, memory, problem-solving skills and energy levels.


So what classes as a ‘brain food’?

The following foods are commonly acknowledged as having positive effects (when eaten in moderation!)

  • Fish, e.g. Herring, salmon, tuna, anchovies or sardines
  • Citrus fruits, e.g. Watermelon, plums, pineapples, oranges, apples or grapes
  • Berries, e.g. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • Leafy green vegetables, e.g. Broccoli, cabbages, kale and lettuce
  • Chocolate – yes, you read that right! Dark chocolate stimulates your cognitive skills and improves focus and concentration
  • Nuts or seeds, e.g. Almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • Whole grains (Wholegrain breads and cereals)
  • Tea – either normal or green tea
  • Eggs, especially the yolk
  • Iron-rich foods, e.g. red meats or liver


As students, your brain is your most important tool. Eat healthily now to boost your brain power, increase productivity and help pass those exams!




Our Study Tips series will explore how you can eat, drink, sleep, listen, exercise and study your way to exam success.


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  2. 10.07.2015
    Bassey onugu

    Rosemary leaf,basil leaf too.

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