Category Archives: Brain Food/Supplements

Use Essential Oil To Boost Your Brain Power

Did you know that there were already several studies and researches saying that there are some essential oils can induce your brain power? Well known aroma that is said to have beneficial effect on our brain includes lemon, cypress, and peppermint. Smelling cotton dabbed with any one of these essential oils can energize your mind and reclaim you from sleepiness.

The use of essential oils is very popular in aromatherapy. Essential oils are being used to alleviate minor ailments like dizziness, headache and other stress related illnesses. The aroma or oils aside from what I stated above that said to have beneficial effects on our mind are rosemary and eucalyptus as memory enhancer; black pepper to increase mental stamina; basil to encourage concentration; and cloves to reduce fatigue.

My favorite scent is lemon and eucalyptus. I use lemon to stay alert and eucalyptus if I have a headache. I actually find these two scents very helpful that is why I always have small bottles of eucalyptus oil and lemon oil in my pouch.

However, be sure that you do not have any allergy on them before smelling any. Remember to always use them in moderation and just put 1 or 2 drops of oil in the cotton. And if its possible, use naturally derived essential oils.

Some Studying Tips For All-Nighters

I stumbled upon a book “How to Pull an All-Nighter” that is published and being sold at Lulu for $14.95. The description of the book is quite nice because the book tells about everything that students need to know to stay up all night with minimal tension and better outcome.

I read the book description as well as its press release and picked up some useful tips like late drowsiness can be partially neutralized by ratcheting up the brightness of a desk lamp. It says that bright light can counteract drowsiness because our brain’s sleep regulation mechanism reacts with a wakefulness response when bright light enters our eyes.

And if you will stay up all night, you should not eat fatty foods such as chips, burgers and fries because fatty food hinders our brain’s ability to properly use the glucose it needs to stimulate mental activities while studying and taking tests. Instead, eat candy bars to give your brain caloric fuel to help optimize the neurochemistry of learning and memory during all-nighters.

The book also divulged that the hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. are the toughest hours of the night to try to study because mental efficiency automatically bottoms out during those hours due to the influence of an internal biological pacemaker, the circadian rhythm, which progressively reduces mental and physical efficiency at night. Oh my! Now I know why it is really hard for me to work or read during these times.

Well, it is good that I stumbled upon this book. I am sure that there are many more useful studying tips inside this book so, if you are always trying to squeeze your time to study at night, I bet this is a very good book to read.

Coffee Or Tea As Studying Aid

Both coffee and tea have several scientific studies claiming that these drinks are good to our brain. And I think that these are true! I noticed that most people who are engage in planning, decision making, or people who formulate strategies are coffee or tea drinker!

But the studies stated that one does not need to be a coffee or tea addict to enjoy the memory boosting benefits of these drinks. Drinking 1 to 2 cups of coffee or 1 to 3 cups of prepared tea is enough to help you boost your memory. Neither coffee nor tea can make you intelligent but these drinks have properties that can boost your memory that facilitate better learning and optimize thinking.

I still remember my classmates from my graduate studies that bring a cup of coffee with them during our classes… I can really say that they are the one who are the most active and alert in our class discussion. And I remember one of them saying that a cup of coffee made her attentive.

It is actually the caffeine content of coffee that makes this possible. Caffeine in coffee was proven to improve short-term memory. It can also speed up reaction times by acting on the brain’s prefrontal cortex. And I just found out lately that coffee is has a good anti-oxidant properties.

On the other hand, tea drinker can also benefit with the same caffeine induced alertness because tea has also proven to aid in memory. Tea likewise contains caffeine. So if you don’t like the strong taste/aroma of coffee, tea is an excellent alert booster for you.

Coffee and tea are generally safe beverage but please do not take too much coffee or tea in a day because, we do not want to be dependent in any drink. Sipping a cup or two is already sufficient to boost you up!


Do You Love Eating Cheese?

Cheese is one of my favorite snacks since I was a kid. I even bring cheese slices to nibble in between my classes. Some may say that cheese is not good for health but for me, having cheese in my diet greatly helps me to stay fit and smart while studying.

This is one that keeps my brain going because it is so nutritious and very rich in protein, calcium and riboflavin.  And there are also some studies which reveals that eating cheese aids in having a good night sleep. Hmm, perhaps this is the reason why I always sleep soundly even if I was slightly stressed at school before.

But if you are hesitant of including cheese in your diet or eating cheese during breakfast, read this article because it can give you more information about the benefits of eating cheese.

Peanut As Brain Booster

Peanut is probably the most popular and very affordable brain booster because it is and widely available anywhere in the world. It is not a nut but a legume that is related to lentils and beans. Peanut is a brain booster because it is high in vitamin B6, protein, has a good source of folate and naturally cholesterol free.

This is one of the most excellent foods for students like you because of its high nutritional value. Eating peanuts can keep your brain functioning because it aids to maintain a steady sugar level on your body. So instead of eating salty chips and munching chocolates for snacks, indulge in a peanut butter sandwich or a peanut bar to feed not only your hungry stomach but to nourish your mind as well. And hey, peanut was found to be rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruits. but of course, eat in moderation because eating too much peanut is not advisable.

Brain Food and Junk Food

We often hear the saying “what you eat is what you get” and the term “brain food” and “junk food” but do these things or the food we eat really affect our capacity to learn? Well, I can say yes because although foods are all equal in terms of being edible, not all food is equally beneficial to our health, particularly to our brain.

Brain foods are often those foods that are known to as brain booster or those meals that greatly benefits our brain function. Brain food of course is just simple food which can be found in a regular supermarket and can be prepared in any kitchen. It is not fancy nor need special techniques to produce.

Junk foods on the other hand are those food items that are devoid of nutritional values, these are the food that are usually tempting to eat because of their luscious taste and convenience but contains high calories, sodium or unhealthy fats.

Brain foods became popular over the past decades because of its significant benefits to people especially to those who are studying and greatly involved in mental activities. And to my next posts, I will cover popular and affordable brain foods for students like you.

Eat Enough Carbohydrates To Boost Your Brain

Eating enough amounts of carbohydrates is necessary for us to boost and power up our brain. The more we think, and the more time we spend in studying, the more we need to eat.  This is because human particularly adolescents and students need to maintain adequate levels of the brain fuel glucose in order for our brain to function efficiently.

Did you known that poor concentration and low energy levels can be a sign that you need to nourish your brain? That it is been a while since you last ate? Eating enough means sensible and healthy food consumption. You don’t need to eat a lot and fill your stomach in just one sitting because doing so will do more harm. What you need is frequent small meals with food that are nutritious.

Foods that are rich in good carbohydrates are starchy vegetables such as corn, potatoes and breads, cereals, or crackers that are made from whole wheat grains.  But of course, avoid eating too much carbohydrate because consuming too much can likewise do harm to your health. Again, moderation is the bottom line. Eat sensibly and you should eat this food in combination with high protein food such as salmon, egg or meat.

To learn more about carbohydrates, read here.

Diet Soda Not Good For Your Brain

Students or anybody who are fond of drinking diet soda because of lesser chance of gaining weight should think twice before drinking another can of diet soda because new research implied that aspartame, the artificial sweetener being used in sugar-free drinks may go directly to our brain and may disrupts memory.

The study revealed that people who consume aspartame have more tendencies for long-term memory lapses such as forgetting details of personal routines as to whether or not they had completed a particular task.

However, these claims are not yet fully proven but still, we should practice precautions to avoid all possible things that may affect our brain performance.

Ginkgo Biloba As Memory Booster

Taking Ginkgo Biloba is probably one of the oldest and most popular supplements known to enhance memory. This supplement is particularly well known for college students and students who are enrolled in courses in medicine, law, engineering and other science based courses that entail lots of memorization activities.

Many students who are taking series of exams like professional licensure tests are also opting to take Ginkgo Biloba. But is Ginko Biloba can really enhance memory? Is there any study that supports its claim?

Ginkgo Biloba has been used as memory enhancer for thousands of years and many researchers say that Ginkgo can help enhance our memory because it improves the blood circulation in our brain by dilating blood vessels and increasing the oxygen supply in our brain. Some studies implied that Gingko can also mop up harmful compounds that can damage our brain cells and it can be more than just a memory enhancer.

But recent researches done to assess the effectivity of Ginkgo said that Ginkgo supplements do nothing to quickly improve memory in healthy people, a pronouncement that goes in opposition to years of well-publicized claims that make this supplements a multimillion-dollar industry.

The tablet used in this study is the Pharmaton Natural Health Products’ Ginkoba which is currently marketed to be capable of producing noticeable benefits after just four weeks at 120 milligrams daily dose. Although the same study also implied that it can be possible that ginkgo would show some mental benefits in healthy people if taken more than six weeks.

With all these clouded issues that attest the real effectivity of Gingko as memory enhancers, and since that there is no harmful result of taking this supplement and that it has other potential benefits in our health, I personally think that you can give it a try if you are looking for a way to improve your memory especially if your colleagues attest that it works for them. Though bear in mind that the expected result can be achieved if the supplement is taken for more than one month.