You might think that as long as you’re not hungry, you’re in fine shape to study. But the truth is that there are certain foods which help the brain to function optimally – and who doesn’t need that, particularly while they’re studying.  So brain foods matter.

Some foods are better for your brain than others.  Your brain uses up 20% of all glucose, 35% of all vitamins and minerals, 40% of all water and a staggering 50% of all fats consumed.  So foods that are great for nourishing brain power are ones that have high amounts of fat, nutrients, water and just a little carbs (glucose). Sadly, there isn’t just one food that does it all, you need a few. Here’s a round up of the top 6 foods for brainpower:

  1. Water is vital for the brain. Staying hydrated means your brain works at its best. A dehydrated brain is in pain and slow to react. Keep a large glass of water near you and refill it often.
  2. Broccoli has several nutrients that surround and protect new neuro-connections, causing them to move from short term memory to long term memory very quickly. With its high levels of vitamin K and choline, it keeps your memory sharp making it one of the best brain foods out there.
  3. Eggs have yolks containing large amounts of choline which is used to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that may be important for maintaining memory and communications among brain cells. Plus you get a huge influx of vitamins, minerals and fats in a single egg.
  4. Avocados are one of the healthiest fruits to consume packed as they are with good monosaturated fats for keeping blood sugar levels steady. They also contain vitamin K and folate which help to improve cognitive function, especially memory and concentration. They’re also rich in vitamin B and C, neither of which are stored in your body and need daily replenishment.
  5. Blueberries are made for the brain! One of the highest antioxidant-rich foods, they have been shown to greatly improve memory, verbal comprehension, decision making and numerical ability. Blueberries contain vitamin C, K and fibre, and because of their high levels of gallic acid, they are especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress.
  6. Chocolate – yes chocolate – is a brain food! Hooray! It’s rich in fibre, iron and magnesium which all help the brain receive good blood flow. It’s the flavanols in dark chocolate that increase blood flow, are anti-inflammatory and have antioxidant properties. It also contains stimulants caffeine and the feel-good nutrient theobromine. But before you reach for the kitkats, the truly beneficial chocolate is low in sugar and high in cacao – at least 70% or more.

Oh,  and one final note. Do you know what’s the worst food for the brain? It’s sugar.  Just sayin’.