Top 5 Brain Foods For Studying and Exams

Desiree is a university student. She has not been able to concentrate on her studies for a while now, due to her past addiction to sugar. Now, she's forgetful and lacks concentration. Her doctor says she needs to eat more brain foods to increase her performance and promote cognitive abilities.

Here are 5 brain foods that can help Desiree and every other person reading this article to study properly and pass exams.

1. Eat your Green Vegetables - they fuel your brain cells

Green vegetables possess great healing properties, rich in minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, which are essential for fueling our braincells. They are good for our overall health, add color to meals, and are gut-friendly. Regular consumption of green vegetables helps to keep your mind active and facilitates concentration. Examples include spinach, pumpkin leaf, kale, lettuce, bitter leaf, celery, or broccoli.

2. Nuts - eat your nuts for retentive memory

Nuts are a perfect snack for the exams season. Thanks to its high content of Omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, and fiber. When eaten regularly, nuts help to improve memory and increase concentration. These nuts are walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, peanuts, macadamia nuts, etc. Magnesium in almonds also helps to cure headaches.

3. Carbohydrates - If they are whole grains ... better!

Carbohydrates give you the everyday energy you need to strive as a student. Whole grains are full of healthy carbohydrates and aretypically high in iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and B-vitamins. They are rich sources of dietary fiber and can help curb hunger during exam season.

Sorghum Aka (Guinea corn), spelt, wheat, ofada rice, millet, corn, oats, bulgur, quinoa, farro, barley, wild rice, amaranth, fonio, and buckwheat are all good choices of whole grains. They contain glucose levels which are released gradually and promote an active mind. Whole grains help to keep glucose from falling sharply.

4. Don’t forget Plant Proteins - they are the healthiest.

The word "protein" comes from the Greek word proteins, which means "of prime importance".  According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of " China Study" - he concludes that "low-quality" plant protein, which allows for the slow but steady synthesis of new proteins, is the healthiest type of protein.

Foods rich in plant proteins provide satiety and increase brain power. These foods include roasted groundnuts, millet, guinea corn, peanut butter, beans, potato, oats, plantains, cashew nuts, brownrice, walnuts, green peas, tofu, soya bean, tempeh, wheat bread, spinach, pumpkin leaf, ofada rice, pumpkin seeds, etc.

5. Fruits - eat different varieties

Fruits are lifesavers and are super delicious. They are packed with several essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, that are great for our brain health. Potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocado,melons, grapes, and apples are also abundant in vitamin C andantioxidants. These nutrients slow down brain cell damage caused by free radicals. Regular consumption of these fruits will help improve the quality of your brainpower.

Even on a day-to-day basis, studies have shown that the more fruits we eat, the happier, calmer, and more energetic we may feel that day and this positivity may spill over into the next day. A study that was also conducted, found that greater fruits consumption was associated with a lower risk of depression, psychological distress, mood, and anxiety disorders, and poor perceived mental health.


Avoiding junk food, sugary foods, and drinks with excess caffeinewill be a great start to improving your brain health. Opting for these brain-rich foods listed above, will enhance your brain power andincrease your performance at school, thus helping you to concentrate more on your studies and exams.



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Daniella Obuwan Oshiame is a Lover of "Cats" and all things "Black & Vegan". She is a Naturalist /Vegan-Health Consultant, who enjoys writing Health & Nutrition articles and developing Vegan recipes.


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