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Jules’ Medical Journal: Top Brain Foods For Studying

During the week of finals, it can be very stressful and tiring. Believe me - I know. Your brain will complete a whole marathon by the time you press “submit assignment” on your last final. Here are some foods that are proven to be great for brain power that will keep you going so that you make it to the finish line. 

  1. Green Veggies: Green veggies are full of nutrients like folate, lutein, Vitamin K, minerals iron, fiber, and beta carotene. According to Harvard Medical School in recent research that plant-based foods may help slow cognitive decline. Spinach, kale, artichoke, and broccoli are known to be the top super green veggies. 

  2. Fatty Fish: Fatty fish contain omega - 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), unsaturated fats (the good fats - unlike the saturated fats in meat) that lower blood levels of beta-amyloid (a protein that forms clumps in the brain which many people with Alzheimer's experience. They also are good for your heart, brain, circulation, and lungs). 

  3. Berries: According to research, berries have Flavonoids which are the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues which help improve memory. Berries also have lots of antioxidants that help free radicals be under control. They may help improve blood sugar and insulin response, they’re high in fiber and provide many nutrients such as Vitamin C. 

  4. Tea + Coffee: Tea and coffee are great in improving short-term concentration! In recent studies according to Harvard Medical School, participants with higher caffeine consumption scored better on tests of mental function. Tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that does wonders on the brain. As much as drinking tea and coffee are good, consuming a large amount of caffeine isn’t healthy as it may increase anxiety, nervousness, heart palpitations and even panic attacks - therefore drink responsibly!

  5. Walnuts: Nuts contain protein and healthy fats like omega-3, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). They also contain manganese, biotin (good for hair, skin, and nails), molybdenum, Vitamin E and B6. Walnuts specifically are said to improve memory.

Boston, MA Julia Ramza is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Biology on the premed track. Following in her grandfathers footsteps, she is focused on going to medical school and getting her PhD. Outside of academics she is the SGA Senator of the Academic Affairs Committee, President of the LEAF Club and a proud member of the Honors Student Council, Health Professions Club, Psi Chi Club and the Psychology Club. When she isn’t doing research and studying till the AM, she loves to get coffee and drive to the beach with her friends and family.
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