Foods that Help to Improve Grades – Part 1/2

Foods that Helps Improve Grades

Been having trouble concentrating during classroom lectures? Or can’t stop yawning in the middle of your professor’s or reviewer’s lecture? Are you the one who want to achieve that higher than average grade? If mediocre academic accomplishment is not part of your vocabulary and if you want to pass that board examination or big test with flying colors then this article is for you!

The brain is one of the most important body organs that affect the activities of daily living. It is used for memorization, coordinating physical movements through stimulation of other body systems, cognitive and emotional functioning. Imagine how busy your brain is! And during that big test you want to use the most of it but there are times that it slows down. I know that there are times where you simply can’t concentrate anymore and just want to bump that head into the wall. But here’s the thing, your brain needs proper nourishment for it to function well. A plant without proper sunlight and water won’t yield so as your brain. Food intake is an essential factor that keeps brain functioning effectively. According to research and studies, the following foods can help boost brain memory, concentration and function.

Egg yolk for the brain…

An egg yolk contains choline, a fat-like Vitamin B, which is a building block of brain cells that helps improve the memory. Choline is also a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays a role in muscle control and memory of a person. Thus, eating eggs boosts an individual’s alertness, memory and concentration.

Feed the brain with FATS!

Healthy fats are important for increasing a brain’s function. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish (sardines and salmon) reduce brain cell inflammation that generates memory decline. All brain cell membranes need to refresh themselves with a new supply of healthy fatty acids. Three servings of fish in a week contribute to an optimal brain function.

Sweet treats for wits…

Mood is one factor that makes a person develop concentration in a lecture, thereby, increasing learning. Chocolates are known for boosting endorphin production. Endorphins improve focus and concentration of a person while enhancing the mood. Dark chocolates are rich in flavonoids that boost blood supply to the brain that improves cognitive skills. Milk chocolate has been known for enhancing visual and verbal memory.

Load the body with antioxidants

Citrus and colorful fruits contain Vitamins A, C and E which are rich in antioxidant that destroys the free radicals in the body. Free radicals, when present in the body, damage the cells and tissue. These vitamins also improve brain power and help recall information quickly.

Go nuts!!

Peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts contains vitamin B6, Omega 3 fatty acid, folate and Vitamin E that improves learning and memory as well as boosting brain power and improving one’s mood.

Iron sharpens brain…

Sharpen memory and cognitive function by supplying the brain with oxygen through the consumption of iron-rich foods such as red meats, liver and green leafy vegetables.

Sweet Potatoes (Kamote)

Sweet potatoes nourish the brain by supplying it with Vitamin B6 (helps in transmission of impulses), carbohydrates (fuel source of the brain) and antioxidant (destroys the free radicals that damages cells and tissues in the body).

Be alert with yogurt

Tryptophan is an amino acid that is found in protein-rich foods that makes a person sleepy. Yogurt is a good source of protein that has been proven to be low in tryptophan. Also yogurt contains tyrosine that serves as the precursor for some neurotransmitter. Thus, yogurt not only increases memory but also makes a person alert.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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