6 focus foods you should definitely try this year

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As the January exam period draws to a close, plenty of students start panicking about how they can concentrate on their studies, and not on Netflix and other distractions. Whether you’re trying to cram in some last-minute revision, or would simply like to boost your brainpower so that you can be a little livelier during those 9am seminars (when you struggle to keep your eyes open, let alone your brain switched on), these six tried-and-tested foods will help you focus.

Blueberries

Blueberries

There’s no doubt that blueberries are outrageously good for us, but to what extent? Well, apparently they actually increase your attention span. Fact. It’s easy to get distracted when you have a million and one things to do, but eating a few of these brain berries with your breakfast each morning could just be the key to unfailing concentration!

Rosemary

Rosemary

Nobody’s saying you have to spend your library breaks snacking on rosemary leaves like they’re popcorn, but the next time you’re popping some chicken or veggies in the oven, it’s worth seasoning them with rosemary. This mighty memory herb is known for helping people perform better in tests AND it tastes incredible!

Fish

Salmon

If you’re a fish fan, you’re in luck – essential fatty acids that our bodies crave (but cannot make) are found in the likes of salmon and trout. Fight forgetfulness by incorporating some tasty oily fish into your diet. It’ll work wonders for your concentration and keep your spirits lifted, which is vitally important around exam time. Better yet, there are so many recipes that you can try!

Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli has long been loathed by fussy children, but fast forward to adulthood and it should be top of your favourite superfoods. As it turns out, broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, known for enhancing cognitive function and improving your overall brainpower. It’s versatile, full of fibre and can even keep your memory sharp – studies show it’s packed full of the nutrients that help stave off Alzheimer’s in older age.

Kale

Kale

Kale is yet another green leader in the superfood stakes. If you’re remotely into health and fitness, you’ll already know that kale is pretty much as ‘super’ as superfoods get. It’s off the charts when it comes to nutrient density, and the minerals it contains are great for the molecules in your brain. Hello, good results!

Ice Cream

Ice cream

Yep, you read that right – and what a relief. Although eating healthily is good for you both physically and mentally, that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself every once in a while. According to a Japanese study, eating ice cream for breakfast could actually be the sweet key to smartness. You’ll be more alert and better able to perform. And who wouldn’t want alertness served with a delicious bowl of Ben & Jerry’s?

Whichever food you choose to help you study for your exams, it's probably best that you don't try to eat all of the above in the same meal – gross! Instead, try to incorporate one ingredient into every meal that you eat, and get creative! You might want to throw some exercise into the mix as well to stay on top of your game in 2018. You might need it after that 500ml tub of Phish Food.

Good luck with your exams!