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Brainfood? Yup, we're serious . . .

publication date: Jul 28, 2008
author/source: Fiona Beckett/Learndirect
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It might sound bizarre but the food you eat can really make a difference to how well your brain works. If you eat a well-balanced diet that’s rich in nutrients you’ll find academic work far easier than if you’re living off a diet of junk food. And don’t just take my word for it, that’s exactly what top nutritionist Fiona Hunter was saying last week.

“If you feed your brain the right nutrients, you will be able to think quicker, retain more information, be better coordinated and have improved concentration.” Fiona says. ”You’ll also see an improvement in your memory and problem-solving abilities. With the right foods, we can also increase our motivation, and this is vital if you are taking a course or learning a new skill."

Together with top TV chef Danny Boorne Fiona has launched a new set of quick, easy recipes for Learndirect, a UK-based organisation which provides online learning for young adults. Each recipe not only includes simple instructions as to how to make the dish but indicates why and how it boosts your brainpower.

For example a meal of poached eggs with roasted tomatoes on wholemeal toast is good for you because eggs contain a high source of Omega 3 – essential for the brain to function. They are also rich in protein to help keep your mind alert. “Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and powerful antioxidants which are crucial for mental functioning” Fiona says.

Fiona and Danny are aware that many students are also holding down full-time or part-time jobs so these recipes are designed to be quick and easy to prepare. You’ll find all 14 on

5 superfoods that boost your brain:

  • OIly fish such as sardines, mackerel, salmon and fresh tuna - contain omega 3 which boosts the functioning of your brain cells
  • Eggs - another good source of Omega 3 and protein
  • Oats - contain slow release carbs which give you sustained energy and concentration
  • 'Live’ probiotic yoghurt - helps promote the levels of ‘good’ bacteria in your body which helps boost your immune system and prevents digestive problems.
  • Fresh fruit such as strawberries, orange and kiwi fruit - contains vitamin C which helps keep brain cells active and protects them from deterioration


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