By Erin Black-McIntyre
Communications Analyst - II
South University, Online Programs
It’s summer time and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies to fill your refrigerator. With so many options, how do you choose what to buy? Rather than relying on your taste buds or cravings to make your decision, why not choose options that help to fuel the part of your body needed to function best for school and work, your brain.
These brain foods help you power through, whether you’re studying for finals or finishing one more discussion post before your next family picnic.
Blueberries –These berries pack a punch of delicious flavor in every bite. Whether you prefer your blueberries freshly picked, baked in a pie, or added to a smoothie, they help to protect the brain from oxidative stress. They also help to prevent and even improve memory loss.
Lemons – This fresh, summery fruit is versatile and can be used in so many ways, it’s difficult to find something that it doesn’t go well with. Squeeze over fish or chicken for dinner and add a fresh wedge to your drinking water to add potassium to your system, which in turn helps your brain to operate more clearly. In addition to helping you think more clearly, lemons can help to boost your mood too.
Watermelon – Sometimes there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a piece of fresh, juicy watermelon. It’s a mouth-watering treat that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. It’s full of B6, which helps to boost brain power and function. In addition to the vitamins, watermelon is extremely hydrating, which is necessary for your brain, nerves, and body to work properly.
Kale – In the last few years, this green leafy vegetable has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. Among its many benefits to your health, kale is one of the best foods for brain health, as it is loaded with antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, E and selenium, which are all imperative for brain wellness. Try oven roasting kale to make Kale chips, which are easy to package, take on-the-go, or grab for a snack while studying.