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Brain Food for Students

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 in Edu

To successfully cope with all the challenges regarding school, your brain must receive proper nutrition! Some foods are important to be included in your diet so to provide the brain with what it needs for a good functionality and maximum efficiency. We’ve prepared some great brain food for students who want to achieve better results at school.

Fish

Over 50% of brain mass is made up of fat and more than 70% of fat are fatty acids(omega 3). These fats are of great importance in the development and maintenance of brain cells, preserving the elasticity of the membranes.
If you’re trying to learn about brain food for students, don’t forget that omega 3 plays a very important role in the activity of neurons. An omega 3 deficiency in the brain decreases intellectual functions and increases memory disorders. Fish is the food that contains the richest sources of omega 3, but if you do not like it, you can include into your diet nuts or rapeseed oils that are very rich in omega 3.

Liver

The liver is a reliable source for iron, which is so valuable in the proper development of our body. This beneficial effect is due to the rich content of vitamin B12 which we know that stimulates the appetite, gives us energy and contributes to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Experts say that chicken liver contains three times more vitamin B12 than the body’s daily needs. It is also rich in vitamin A.

Vegetables&whole grains

The brain is so-called glucose-dependent, it only uses sugar to function properly. Dried vegetables are rich in sugar and their glycemic index is one of the lowest, allowing, indeed, an adjustment in the amount of sugar in the blood, causing a good supply in the brain, without leading to an hypoglycemia reaction. If you like, you can include in your diet whole grains. Studies show that the regular consumption of cereals (eg once a day, at breakfast) may have beneficial effects on health and lead to a balanced body weight, due to the amount of vitamins and the low fat content.

Banana

Banana is rich in magnesium, essential for transmitting nerve impulses. Banana is an important source of vitamin B6 (one banana practically covers a quarter of the recommended nutritional intake in a balanced diet).
This vitamin is involved in the uptake and use of magnesium but also in amino acid metabolism and nervous system function, allowing the production of neurotransmitters, especially serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid. These two molecules are responsible for creating a solid ground for the development of reasonable, reflective and calm behavior.

Chocolate

When it comes to brain food for students, most parents don’t allow their children to consume chocolate or other sweets. However, chocolate has some important health properties. For example, chocolate has a rich content in magnesium (330 mg per 100g chocolate) and serotonin-like molecules (“relaxing” hormone ) may explain the anti-stress and antidepressant effects that chocolate has. A small bar of chocolate, eaten in the morning, will have a positive effect on you for the whole day.
If you do not like chocolate, consume, replace it with tea (which contains antioxidants) or weak coffee (caffeine has a psychostimulant role), but also take into account the degree of tolerance for each.