Brain Feeling a Little Tired? Try These Ten Brain Foods to Help You Study Smarter Not Harder!

By Brenda on October 6th, 2011



In the 2010 movie Limitless we see how main character Edward Mora goes from zero to hero by taking one tiny pill. In just a few seconds he is transformed from a struggling author to a super human. The fictitious drug, NZT, allows him to reach his full potential by using 100% of his brain.

While it is a myth that we only use 10% of our brain (we actually use nearly all of it) and there is no such pill as NZT, there are certain foods that can boost memory, cognitive ability, and brain health. Let’s look at ten “brain foods” that can help you in and out of the classroom.

  • Red Cabbage – the ingredients in red cabbage are proven to increase brain function. Red cabbage contains anthocyanins that improve performance, and help prevent certain types of cancer.
  • Omega-3 Fish Oils – good fats found in fish such as salmon, rainbow trout, and sardines are proven to boost cognitive ability and memory. A study showed that people who lived around coastal areas and consumed more fresh fish had higher memory retention than people who consumed less fish, when all other factors were equal.
  • Tomatoes – tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals that cause disease and sickness. Free radicals destroy healthy brain cells.
  • Ginger – fresh ginger is one of the best anti-inflammatory substances in the world. It protects the brain from inflammatory chemicals that have been shown to cause the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Beans – beans and legumes are high in protein and low in fat. They are also high in B-vitamins, which are proven to build healthy brain cells.
  • Berries – berries such as strawberries and blueberries are very high in polyphenols and flavonoids. These substances have been proven to have the ability to ward off brain decline that is caused by age. They are also high in vitamin C which is a antioxidant that helps protect the body from dangerous free radicals.
  • Walnuts – these tasty nuts are high in Omega-3, which promote healthy brain function and motor skills. They also can help balance the chemicals in the brain and ward off depression.
  • Egg Yolks – egg yolks have choline that improves memory, cognition, and learning ability. Be careful to not eat too many egg yolks because they are high in cholesterol and fat.
  • Rosemary – rosemary protects you from the negative effects of aging and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Avocados – avocados are packed with the “good fats” and magnesium. Magnesium stabilizes many functions in the brain and body.









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