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Foods That Strengthen Learning Abilities

by South University
April 28, 2011

In the academic quest to maintain a high GPA, many do not realize that there are a few things that you can do in addition to studying that can assist you with your goals, such as making sure your nutritional needs are met. There are a few particular foods that people can consume, which science shows may actually help to strengthen your cognitive abilities.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Choline
Both Omega-3 fatty acids and choline are found in fish, so get yourself to a local fish-fry festival! Okay, maybe not, since frying fish completely defeats the nutritional benefit. But it appears as if fish is one of the best brain foods that you can eat, as fish have high levels of both substances, both of which are directly linked to brain functionality.

Omega-3’s help your body to produce chemicals that it naturally needs, in particular, chemicals your brain uses. When you have less of these chemicals, your ability to think and retain information may be lower. With Omega-3's, your body can produce more of these vital chemicals easier, thereby improving your cognitive abilities.

Choline is a B-vitamin which has a positive effect on the hippocampus, your brain’s memory center. In tests where pregnant women were given choline, their children tested higher on IQ tests than those mothers whom did not ingest choline while pregnant. Choline is not only found in fish; it can also be found in eggs, beef, cauliflower, navy beans, almonds, and peanut butter.

Fewer Carbohydrates Mean More Focus
Recent studies have demonstrated that to stay focused for longer periods of time, you need to cut down on your carbohydrate consumption. While carbohydrates give us energy, too many carbohydrates can leave you feeling distracted and sleepy, making it virtually impossible to focus on anything. Foods notorious for bringing on these feelings are dense breads and pastas, “heavy” foods with very high caloric content from carbohydrates. The best way to go would be to eat more fruits and vegetables, which actually provide carbohydrates, but aren’t as dense. This way, you can get the energy that you need with out the sleepy feeling afterward.

Eating some of the foods listed above can help you power through a tough study session or class assignment, providing you with energy and essential nutrition.

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