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Eating Tips to Improve Your Memory and Focus

Eating Tips to Improve Your Memory and Focus

Melanie Jatsek for College Candy

April 06, 2011

Hint: Carbohydrate, protein, and fat are all necessary components of a meal. Take out the carbs and your brain won’t have a reliable source of glucose to function properly, take out the protein and you may not be as alert, take out the fat and it’s just like eating Chinese food…you’ll get hungry in an hour!

B-Vitamins & Choline:

B-vitamins help your body take the energy from the foods you eat and turn it into energy you can use. Without B-vitamins it would be difficult for your brain to operate at its peak. Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, meats, beans, soy, seafood, nuts and eggs are all good sources of B-vitamins. As you can see, it’s pretty easy to get your B-vitamins if you follow a balanced diet with lots of variety!

Choline belongs to the B-vitamin family and improves thought, memory and focus. Eggs, soybeans, wheat germ and whole wheat products are all rich in choline, so be sure to have them on your plate during exam week!

Antioxidants:

Free radicals are harmful substances in your body that cause damage and loss of brain function over time. Your body naturally eliminates some, but not all of them. This is where food comes in to finish the job. Antioxidant-rich foods in particular are what you are after. Antioxidants literally act like a broom, sweep up these nasty free radicals and eliminate them from your body. This means a healthier body and brain. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits (especially berries), colorful vegetables, dark chocolate, legumes, oats, green tea, spices, nuts and garlic.

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