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Potato chips, fizzy drinks, burgers – some teens might call these the three basic food groups. They most certainly aren’t of course. Have you ever thought that some food could make you smarter and help you get through the exams better? t's dishes out some diet recommendations to ensure your peak performance during the prelims and O Level exams.

NUTS AND EGGS

Both of these contain choline, which is great for taking care of your brain and memory power.

The king of antioxidants, blueberries are best for snacking on (and we don’t mean blueberryflavoured candy!). The antioxidants found in blueberries are thought to increase mental capacity. You can find them in most supermarkets these days.

BLUEBERRIES


IRON

Not the metal, the mineral! It keeps your mental alertness up. You can get lots of it from red meat, poultry, spinach, beans, dried fruits, and whole grains.

These too are great for your memory function – complex, whole-grain carbohydrates. They contain folate and other B vitamins which help improve memory function. The fibre in them also provides a steady stream of energy. So switching to whole wheat bread is a great idea!

WHOLE GRAINS


SEEDS

The humble “kwa chi” is a great snack. There are many types of seeds you can eat such as flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds to help you get a clearer mind. With the omega-3s in flax, and the Vitamin B in pumpkin seeds, you’ll really boost your brain power.

Yup, plain old H2O is good for you. You should stay well-hydrated to keep fatigue at bay and concentration levels up. So carry that Ben 10 water bottle around and fight off the cola craving!

WATER


HOLY MACKEREL!

Fish is a great food item for boosting your memory power as they contain Omega 3 fatty-acids. Oily fish like mackerel and salmon are great choices.

And if your mom hasn’t told you enough times already – eat your breakfast! There are studies out there showing that skipping this meal can really affect academic performance and learning.

MOM'S RIGHT


BRAIN BUSTERS

There are foods you should avoid if you want peak mental performance as they really drain your brain power. These include processed snack foods and luncheon meats. Check what it says on the packaging before you purchase your next snack or drink. Things to avoid include:

• Artificial sweeteners or colouring
• High-fructose corn syrup
• Refined white sugars
• Trans fats and partially-hydrogenated oils