7 brain-boosting foods to eat while you study
There’s no magic pill that unleashes the full potential of your brain, but there’s something better: FOOD.
And remember, effective revision is also only as good as the nutrients you’re fuelling your brain with.
So here are 7 foods that’ll get your brain ripped.
Wholegrains have a low glycaemic index, meaning they provide a steady energy supply to the brain rather than stressful spikes in glucose levels in your blood.
The brain thrives almost exclusively on glucose, demanding approximately 20% of our daily caloric intake – so it’d be wise (and will make you wiser) to eat more complex carbohydrates.
Oatmeal, wholegrain bread/pasta/crackers, brown rice, buckwheat; these are all great choices.
2) Dark chocolate
Chocolate: good for the soul, and for your mind! Rich in fibre, iron, and magnesium, these nutrients all help increase blood flow to the brain.
So, whenever you’re lacking concentration, just whip out some Green & Black’s 70% cocoa chocolate.
3) Cold-water fatty fish
That's salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, blue fish.
These have fantastically high levels of omega-3 that your brain requires daily – your brain is 60% fat, after all.
It helps boost memory and cognition skills, so definitely try incorporating more fish into your diet.
Eggs are amazing – absolutely packed with vitamins, choline, and antioxidants, they’re all-around fantastic.
In particular, eggs contain B12, which is *the* vitamin for energy, since we can’t make energy without it. B12 is also predominantly found in meat, but if you don’t eat animal products, dairy products like yogurt & cheese or fortified foods (e.g. cereal or nutritional yeast) also contain B12.
These luscious nuts are a standout from other nuts due to being high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid important for brain development and function.
A 2015 UCLA study even linked consumption to improved cognitive test scores – I mean, is it any coincidence walnuts look like a brain?
They’re packed with flavonoids and antioxidants that keep your memory sharp.
So, treat yourself with a brilliant bowl of blueberries & strawberries, topped with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.
7) Dark leafy greens
Kale, spinach, broccoli – all rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene, which all can improve overall brain performance via endless mechanisms.
If you’re looking for massive gains for the brain, leafy greens are where it’s at.
... and don't forget: water!
Okay, this isn’t a food, but I cannot stress how important staying hydrated is!
It seems obvious, but as busy students, it’s extraordinarily easy to forget about drinking enough water. A dehydrated brain is a slow-moving one; it relies on water to deliver nutrients and remove toxins so that it can work more efficiently.
So, invest in a reusable water bottle, keep it with you as you study, and you’ll be mindlessly hydrating in no time.
Yep, there’s a reason we get taught as kids about the food pyramid – a balanced meal is really critical for us to be at the top of our game. It’s simple: eat right and your brain will thank you. Happy studying!