Going Back To School? 10 Brain Foods To Get You On Top

written by Yoga David 23rd August 2013



Going back to school after a long holiday can be tasking at times, but going to school your brain has to adjust from holiday mood to school mood.

You might need these 10 foods that may help your brain function as you try to adapt to the school environment:

1. Chili Peppers.

A fiery hot chili pepper helps alertness during a cram session, without the jitters and insomnia of coffee. peppers, both sweet and spicy, also provide one of the highest doses of vitamin C in foods that regularly appear on American tables.

Nerve cells use vitamin C to function and helps collecting the nerve endings.Fruit with lots of vitamin C improved people’s moods after six weeks compared to those who do not feast on fruit, this according to  Human and Clinical Nutrition study.

2. Cannabis Seeds



They don’t help when it comes to remembering facts for exams, but the seeds of the plant help the brain. Cannabis (hemp) seeds contain alpha linoleic acid (ALA).which help in growth of brain cell membranes and myelin, the chemical that coats nerve cells and speeds transmission of signals.Many other seeds, including chia, flax and walnuts, also provide ALA.

3. Potatoes.

Brains consumes majority of body’s energy. It uses approximately 20 percent of the daily dietary energy an adult consumes. Children’s brains use even more. There is need to have good level of sugar glucose in your blood which will help in steady flow of energy to the brain.Glucose help in the formation of memories,Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews has show this too.

Starchy foods,like baked potatoes, allow for slow and steady energy source, by them being carbohydrates they tend to break down slowly than simple sugars.

4. Pumpkin Seeds.

The body blood pumps Pumpkin seeds iron as it transports oxygen in the molecule hemoglobin. A snack of pumpkin and squash seeds facilitates essential iron.



Limited iron reduces the brain’s oxygen supply. It also hinders the production of neurotransmitters, the chemicals used for communication between nerve cells in the brain. The symptoms of this include irritability, inability to concentrate and memory loss. Lack of iron in the thalamus, a section of the brain, may contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry study shows.

5. Eggs.

The amino acid tryptophan relates to several brain functions such as sleep, sensitivity to pain and the control of mood. An experiment done in Psychopharmacology found that lack of tryptophan decreased people’s ability to determine if others’ facial expressions were fearful, happy, sad or disgusted.

The human body can’t produce its own tryptophan. The amino acid must be eaten. Eggs contain high levels of tryptophan.

6. Oysters



Even the brain depends on zinc. Zinc helps in communication between neurons and the internal functioning of nerve cells, lack zinc may lead to the death of neurons associated with stroke, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease Journal of Neuroscience Oysters  study shows that Oysters contain large amount of zinc. If you are a vegetarians you can get zinc from wheat.

7. Steak.

Beef contains vitamin B12 and lack of vitamin B12 also relates to neurological disorders, mental disturbances and blood chemistry alterations. Lack of it needs to diagnosed early to avoid irreversible damage to the nervous system. Symptoms of  the vitamin B12 deficiency include memory loss, pain and abnormal sensations at limb extremities.

8. Sunshine.

Sunshine is good for the brain by allowing the skin to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D protects the neurons of the hippocampus, part of the brain involved in the formation of memories. It also affects the transport of glucose to the brain, which provides energy to a hungry brain.

9. Almonds.

Almonds have vitamin E. which protects aging in the brain. Vitamin E also helps in cognition, the mental processes involved in attention, memory, learning and other mental functions.



Students involved in extreme sports should read this, a study on lab rats suggested that vitamin E can prevent brain damage and learning disability after mild injuries to the brain. The findings can be read on Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

10. Iodized Salt.

Sprinkling some iodized salt on food is advisable. Hormones produced in the thyroid depends on iodine. Lack of iodine causes goiters in adults which is a big swelling of the thyroid gland. Unborn babies are the most affected from lack of iodine. Most salt now contains iodine to prevent the dangerous effects of deficiency.

Enjoy a memory boost time!

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