Nov 14
Exam boost: What you should be eating while you study

Exam time is almost over, and that means focusing and hanging in there. Consuming the right food during this time can really help you stay alert, engaged and awake during those long days and nights. To help you achieve the marks you want, we have put together the ideal exam diet to assist your body play its part too.

Keep hydrated

Water fast tracks the chemical reactions in our bodies and can increase the rate at which our brains process information. You should aim to drink around 2 litres of water a day for good mental health and general wellbeing. Make sure you have a water bottle at all times to meet your daily quota because dehydration can cause fatigue, forgetfulness and sluggishness.

Enjoy nuts, of all kinds

Walnuts are the best a option for brain health. Almonds and hazelnuts follow closely behind and are known to offer a high concentration of vitamin to keep you looking and feeling youthful. Peanuts are just as good to keep your brain sharp.


Whether you boil them or fry them, eggs offer a good source of vitamins B6 and B12, Folate and Choline. Prepare an egg salad or sandwich to keep your mind happy.

Fatty fish

Fatty fish has long been considered brain food. This type of fish includes salmon, trout, sardines which are all rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. About 60% of the brain is made up of fat and half of that fat is the omega-3 kind. Your brain uses omega 3s to build brain and nerve cells and these fats are essential for learning and memory.

Leafy greens

Vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale are packed with vitamin K, which helps build pathways in the brain, as well as naturally occurring nitrates and antioxidants.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants. The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory. Researchers say these compounds may enhance memory and help slow down age-related mental decline also chocolate is a legitimate mood booster.



Written by Karabo Keepile