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    Food for thought: Three foods to keep students focused in class

    School can take a lot out of students, so keeping a sharp and focused mind is more important than ever as the new semester rolls in. As class approaches in the coming weeks, students’ minds will undoubtedly shift from a state of relaxation to that of a constantly processing machine. While a good amount of sleep each night and consistent studying are key ingredients for success in class, a proper diet can make all the difference as well. Here are four brain foods that will keep students focused for the entire week.

    Avocados

    Avocados are a diet must. They contain healthy oils and monounsaturated fats, which stimulate blood flow. When more blood flows to the brain, it is able to function in a greater capacity, just like the heart. This fruit also keeps you full and satisfied, and comes with a wide range of uses. For instance, cut a few slices to add to sandwiches with whole grain bread, mash it into guacamole, or eat it plain. When picking out avocados at the grocery store, feel for a slight softness. If the fruit is too firm, it’s not ready to eat and will be difficult to peel. Should you find that you do not use the entire avocado in one sitting, put the rest away in a sealed container along with the pit and use within a few days.

    Blueberries

    Blueberries are one of the best brain foods to consume. They are loaded with antioxidants, which “protect your brain from oxidative stress,” said Steven Pratt, MD, author of “Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life,” in a WebMD article. And it certainly helps that these morsels are like little pieces of fruity candy. For best use, add them to a smoothie combined with a tangier fruit like strawberries or mix them into a salad with dark leafy greens.

    Seeds and Nuts

    Almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are all great sources of benefical fats, oils and vitamin E. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, regularly eating foods containing vitamin E could prevent poor memory. So don’t stress too much about all of the material that’s going to be covered on the next exam. Snack on trail mix while you study to keep your brain working, and always look for whole grain choices when eating bread products.

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