Whether it's your HSC year or any other time in your high school life, your performance in your exams are highly dependent on how hard you have studied and how effective your studying methods have been. However, getting enough sleep and trying to eat well would also be very helpful! Your brain requires nutrients to perform at its optimum level and eating a few foods that are packed with them wouldn't hurt. It's also not just about that one meal just before your exam, but having a healthy diet throughout the year. Here are a few 'superfoods' which may increase your odds of having the most healthy brain you can get.
Foods like eggs, beans, meat or nuts are packed with protein which contain amino acids that your body needs. These amino acids are what are used to make neurotransmitters, brain cells that transmit signals and help maintain mental focus and acuteness.
Oily Fish (Omega-3)
Other than being a great source of protein, fish are also rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are highly important to brain function and can effect,= learning and concentration (low levels of it have even been linked to the increased chance of developing Alzheimer's disease and early memory loss). Salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers are the main types of oily fish. Other types of food which contain omega-3 include linseed (flaxseed) oil, soya bean oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, walnut oil and soya beans. Omega-3 supplements are also widely available. However, some of the cheaper ones available may not be as effective and include contaminants, so it's best to consult with an expert first.
Blackcurrants (Vitamin C)
Blackcurrants have a tonne of vitamin C, which has been known to improve the agility of your mind.
Broccoli (Vitamin K)
A widely available source of vitamin K, broccoli may help in enhancing your cognitive abilities as well as improving your general brain health.
Freshly brewed Tea
Two to three cups a day of freshly brewed tea can contain just the right of caffeine that can help boost your concentration, memory, and mood through stimulating the production of endorphins. Freshly brewed tea from using tea leaves or tea bags (not bottled or powdered tea though) also contain a good amount of antioxidants which help in improving your blood flow.
Dark chocolate also contains a lot of antioxidants and caffeine. It is important to eat this one in moderation though, 15 to 30 grams a day may be all you need!
Jack Zheng | N° 34