Not only is healthy food and good nutrition important for a teen’s strength, endurance and performance but brain boosting foods are just as important to help you focus during your lectures, home-work and studying. Food can directly affect everything in our bodies from our mood to our energy levels to our memory. Let’s take a look at some of these brain boosting foods:
Chia seeds have been admired in South America since the ancient Aztecs, but only now is science beginning to understand the benefits of this wonder-food. Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is an amazing fatty acid for brain development. They also contain fibre, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and anti-oxidants.
Tip: Add a tablespoon of chia seeds to a breakfast smoothie to boost your brain power for the day.
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What is blue, sweet and juicy and may help ward off those nagging memory lapses? If you guessed blueberries, you would be right. Emerging research suggests that compounds in blueberries known as flavonoids may improve memory and general cognitive function. British scientists who have been studying blueberries believe that the antioxidants in blueberries help to stimulate blood flow to the brain and keep the mind active. Blueberries are therefore a great brainy snack food or healthy addition to yoghurt or breakfast.
The ability to concentrate and focus comes from the adequate supply of energy – from blood glucose – to the brain, which is supplied by the carbohydrates that we eat. Oats are a great carbohydrate choice for breakfast, especially in the winter months when we crave a yummy warm meal in the morning. Low GI oats provide a steady release of carbohydrate for the brain and they also keep you fuller for longer.
Tip: Add some cinnamon or chopped fruit to your oat porridge to add a different flavour.
Eggs are a great food choice for pretty much any meal or snack, and can be served as a scrambled egg for breakfast, omelette for lunch or just a plain boiled egg as a quick on-the-go snack. The magical ingredient found in eggs is choline, which is an important fuel for brain development. And let’s not forget eggs are a great source of protein as well.
Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are an important brain food as they are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, a powerful nutrient required for brain development and a healthy mind.