Are these 7 superfoods in your diet?

The food we eat can directly impact the way our bodies perform. As a health care degree-seeking student, it is important to fill your body with foods that fuel your brain, as well as your overall well-being.

As you gear up for your exams, quizzes and daily assignments, we have compiled a list of some superfoods to help you study.

Nuts and Berries

Tufts University conducted a study that showed that blueberries can aid in delaying or improving short-term memory loss. Toss them in pancakes, smoothies or a salad and ensure that you have added protection.  You might also want to add a few pumpkin seeds or walnuts to the mix. Walnuts allow for better flow of oxygen to the brain, while zinc-laden pumpkin seeds enhance memory and thinking skills.

Fruits and Vegetables

When your mother tells you to eat your vegetables, you should listen!

Not only are they full of useful vitamins and nutrients, they are great superfoods to aid you in obtaining your health care degree. When you are looking through graphs, charts and lab materials, tomatoes can be the key to better eye health. They contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is great for reducing stress, headaches and improving vision.

In the same way, three powerful green vegetables that can help with your health care degree are broccoli, spinach and avocados. Broccoli enhances cognitive function by being an excellent source of Vitamin K. Avocados are full of fat – the good monounsaturated kind- that lower bad cholesterol and enhance blood flow. Spinach, on the other hand, is not just a source of physical strength but can help protect against cognitive decline.

Fish

There have been countless studies and articles written about the power of Omega 3 – fats and their relation to memory. Therefore, it should not be hard to conceive that those seeking a health care degree might want to add fatty fish to their diets. Sardines are a great snack that can help with memory and focus. Also, try adding some salmon, trout or mackerel to your lunch or dinner to not only boost brain function but heart function as well.

More Super Foods to Help Tackle Your Health Care Degree

Eggs are a very versatile snack for busy students seeking a health care degree. You can boil them, bake them, and fry them and still capture all of their needed protein. Eggs also contain choline which assists in producing neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters help regulate your memory, mood and behavior.

Another tasty and versatile superfood is the sweet potato. It is a good carbohydrate that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Try pairing sweet potatoes with eggs for breakfast, baking it for lunch, or making sweet potato chips for a snack.

Coffee, water and chocolate round out our other superfood selections. There is research that shows that both coffee and dark chocolate improve mental sharpness. Also, dark chocolate is also shown to improve blood flow (are you sensing a theme yet).

Finally, staying hydrated with a tall glass of water is not just good for your skin but great for your cognition as well. Dehydration hinders focus and decision-making. So, drink up!

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