Target UPSC Exam: Brain foods for Improving Your Brain Power

If you are an IAS aspirant, you would do anything to clear the IAS exam. You would indulge in continuous studies, you would take care to collect IAS study material and notes, you would scour newspapers and magazines for current affairs material, you would even shun yourselves from society and turn into an ascetic!

But, what is the most important thing that you should do without fail? Eat right! Yes, you read that right. All your preparation and practice cannot save you if you don’t take care of your health. This article talks about some super brain foods to include in your diet to boost your mental power and intelligence, to help you crack the IAS Exam.

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Super Brain Foods to Improve your Brain Power

The following food items are recommended for enhanced memory retention, expanded mental capacity and other health benefits:

1. Whole Grains: Ditch products made of refined wheat flour (maida) and stick to whole grains. Good for your body, good for your brain!

2. Walnuts: Consuming a few walnuts a day can enhance your cognitive health. Have walnuts and other nuts as well.

3. Fish: Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid improves your memory (much needed for covering the vast UPSC syllabus) and focus.

4. Fruits: Antioxidants in  fruits and veggies can help delay or even prevent certain effects of aging on the brain that way you will be able to take in more information.

5. Green Leafy Vegetables:  Your mother was right when she insisted you eat your greens when you were growing up. These are powerhouses of energy and vitamins.

6. Coffee: If you are a coffee drinker then this is good news for you: Caffeine keeps your brain alert by blocking adenosine, a chemical messenger that makes you sleep. Thus you can spend even more time preparing for the exam.

7. Beetroot: They are rich in nitrates which improve blood flow to the brain. This helps in improving brain functioning

8. Dark Chocolate: Now, this is an option everyone can get excited about. Indulge in this treat once in a while. It improves blood flow to the heart and the brain. But don’t grab that chocolate bar from the supermarket shelves yet, those ones are loaded with preservatives and sugar. Go for chocolates with at least 70% cocoa.

9. Turmeric: Ancient Indians had discovered the multiple benefits of turmeric long before modern medicine began expounding it. Include this medicinal superfood in your everyday meals. Turmeric is one of the most powerful and natural anti-inflammatory agents and it improves the brain’s oxygen intake.

10. Eggs: Eggs are a great way to start the day, and are more likely to leave you feeling full than sugary cereals or pastries. Just one egg contains vital nutrients to get you charged up during the day.

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