Category Archives: Brain Food/Supplements

Grape Juice Can Improve Your Memory

According to a research by James Joseph, grape juice can indeed improve our short-term memory and motor skills significantly. This is because grape juice is effective in increasing the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine in our brain.

Aside from the well-known fact that grapes are tasty and easy to eat, grape juice can really improve our short-term memory and motor skills. And because grapes contain around 80% of water, grapes are great low-calorie snack even for weight conscious individual.

Grapes are also proven to have the highest total antioxidant level as compared any fruit, vegetable or juice, hence, eating this berry is very beneficial to our overall health. It can even help in premature aging due to its combating power in neutralizing the free radicals which are responsible for cellular damage.

So if you are looking for ways to improve your memory, enhance your motor skills and delay your aging, make it a habit to include a glass of grape juice in your diet.

Is Caffeine A Good Studying Companion?

The answer may be yes or may be no because although both coffee and tea have several scientific studies claiming that these drinks are good to our brain, the effects of caffeine are really dependent on the person as there are people who are simply not a caffeine tolerant and there are those who feel great after consuming a cup of coffee.

So how will you know if caffeine can be your studying companion? It is simple: If drinking coffee or tea makes you alert, attentive or boost your memory, then, you are like many individuals who benefited from caffeine, hence, you can use it as studying companion.

However, if you are someone who feels restless,  have palpitations or unable to sleep after drinking a cup of coffee or tea, then, caffeine is not your friend and you should avoid drinking it 12 hours before studying or even before going to bed.

As for me, I am not a coffee drinker because I have palpitations after drinking it but I am a green tea lover because its mild caffeine content is already enough to keep me alert. I love its bland taste and mild aroma that is simply a perfect companion while I am studying or writing something.

Sage and Curry For Brain?

Students are always on the look for brain boosters, the stuffs that can help them improve their memory or make them alert and smart. But if you have been reading this blog for a while, you will notice that most brain boosters that were featured here are just food items that can be found in your kitchen or can be readily bought in any supermarket.

And I found another food ingredient that can help spice up your brain to perform better: the sage and curry. Oops, I knew that many of us does not like the taste of curry and sage but, you know, it is still worthy to be informed that these herb/spice can do some wonder to our brain.

Sage which is often used as herb in our food is known to improve the chemical levels in our brain that are responsible in passing on the messages to and from our brain. Sage can also aid in breaking down the enzyme acetylcholine that is needed for the brain to work properly and improve the brain performance on memory tasks.

On the other hand, curry, the one used by our mother in making chicken curry or beef curry contains turmeric which is a good source of curcumin, a chemical that aids in the removal of plaque in our brain. So even if you do not like the taste of food which contains sage or curry, it won’t hurt trying out these dishes once in a while because they are actually doing something good to our brain.

Forgetful Students Should Drink More Water

Are you a forgetful student? Do you often experience migraine and headaches? How about that sluggish feeling? If your answer is yes, then perhaps you just need to increase your water intake to revive your brain function.

It is known that 85% of our brain tissue is water. Hence, water is a vital component for the smooth function of our brain. And according to research, if a person is dehydrated, his brain releases a hormone called cortisol that have shrinkage effect to the brain which then leads to the deterioration of the cognition function of brain and decreases its memory power.

Inadequate water in brain is also the culprit of being forgetful, restless and sluggish. Migraine and headaches are also prevalent when our brain lacks water.  So never ever let your self get thirsty because you are making your brain shrink, become restless and forgetful.

Most of us can not comply with the recommended 6 to 8 glasses a day, but if we will only put a bottle of water within our reach, then we can possibly consume at least six glasses daily. Likewise, to increase your water intake, you can put some lemon juice and little sugar to make a flavorful drink.

Remember that by drinking water, you are also helping your mind to be active and healthy. And the next time you tends to be forgetful or if you heard someone saying that he or she always forget, maybe drinking water can do the trick.

Healthier Brain With Fruits And Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are not only necessary to regulate our body function because according to scientific studies, these less preferred food (especially by younger generation) are likewise beneficial to our brain. Fruits and vegetables are now also known as brain food because most of these food contain anti-oxidants that help protect tour brain tissues from variety of environmental and metabolic insults.

It is said that eating fruits like pineapple, oranges, peaches, plums, and cantaloupes have some positive impact on our brain and can improve memory and the ability to recall information. Eating avocados are great too because of their mono-unsaturated fat content that is every effective in increasing the blood flow to our brain.

Veggies like cauliflowers, radish, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts can help increase our memory. So if your budget does not permit you to buy memory enhancer supplement such as ginkgo biloba, just indulge in eating fresh fruits and vegetable because these are equally beneficial to your brain as well as to your diet.

Chocolate For Improved Concentration

Did you know that eating or drinking chocolates especially dark chocolates have some good benefits on your brain? This is the result of the studies that was conducted by Professor Ian Macdonald of University of Nottingham.

According to the research, regular consumption of cocoa drink can improve blood flow to key areas of the brain in just a matter of two to three hours. This is possible because cocoa is rich in flavanols which is known to be a good stimulant to boost the production of endorphins that improve focus and concentration.

On the other hand, milk chocolates has been known to be capable of improving verbal and visual memory as well as to enhance impulse control and reaction time of your brain. So it is not true that chocolates can only make you fat and prone to pimples because sensible eating of chocolates or indulging in a cup of hot cocoa drink as you review or study can boost your brain performance.

Berries For Your Brain

Eating fruits is not only beneficial to regulate the functions of our body because these fruits also do wonders for our brain. Did you know that eating fruits such as berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, elderberries and blackberries) have some brain benefits?

Strawberries are known to be rich in flavenoid called fisetin that can improve our memory recall. The blueberries on the other hand which is said to be the best berry of all are known for improving our learning capacity and our motor skills as it can build better brains three different ways

The other berries such as raspberries, elderberries and blackberries have high anti-oxidant content that is scientifically proven to boost the function of our brain. So the next time you are craving for snacks that will satisfy your hunger, indulge in eating berries as these can nourish your brain as well.

Read here to learn more about the health benefits of eating berries and how you can enjoy eating these wonderful fruit.

Be Smarter By Taking Fish Oil Supplement

I have mentioned the benefits of taking Omega 3 to boost your brain function and to have a healthier heart function and lower the cholesterol levels in the body. This same ingredient can also be found in fish oil supplement. My doctor asked me to take fish oil after being sick for around one and a half month. What I noticed after three days of taking the fish oil supplement is my improved alertness!

My alertness significantly improved as well as my focus. It is hard to concentrate in work after a long period of sickness but when I started taking fish oil, I am amazed that it helps me regain my focus. Now, I feel smarter and really alive! And I guess students who feel sluggish and lazy studying their lessons or focusing on their lectures should also take fish oil three times a day.

There are so many kinds of fish oil supplements that are available in the market and the brand that works for me is very affordable (Kirkland Signature Fish Oil). It only cost me less than $9 for the 400 capsules! So taking fish oil 3 times a day to improve my concentration and to have a healthy heart is not in any way hard on my pocket.

Brain Supplements And Relaxation

Students, especially those who are reviewing for their licensure exams are the ones who are hooked in taking brain supplements. Many of them tried supplements like Ginkgo Biloba, Omega 3 and the likes to improve their memory and retention capacity.

These supplements were said to be scientifically proven and have been under studies from the past decades and up until now. But bear in mind that these supplements do not work overnight. And so, I think it is useless when students take any one of these supplements a week or several days before their exams.

Students who want to harvest or should I say “feel” the effects of brain supplements should take them regularly. And also, remember that keeping your mind active and relaxing in-between study sessions is the best way to learn. Always feed your mind with useful and relevant information but do not forget to relax your mind because this allows your mind to be more efficient.

Omega 3 Is Good For Your Brain

Omega 3 oil is an essential fatty acid that is now being used as a brain booster by many individual aside from the fact that it is a popular supplement to maintain a health heart. Omega 3 oil is derived from fish, walnuts and flaxseed. Some researches say that Omega 3 is good for our brain because it can improve the function of the membranes surrounding the brain cells.

And did you know that Omega 3 can now be found in baby milk formula?  Many experts believe that essential fatty acids are vital for proper brain development in children. So if you want to harvest the benefits of Omega 3, eat more fish such as sardines, mackerel and tuna than any other meat. And because Omega 3 is good for the heart, can boost your brain function and can lessen depression, taking Omega 3 supplement is not a bad idea.