• Ivan Flores

The Five Foods for Finals

The stress is real. For USF Students, we have two more weeks left in the semester which means finals are right around the corner. Before we find holiday happiness in a few weeks for winter break, it is time to focus, buckle down and finish every assignment for each class. To help keep you focused these next couple of weeks, Teen Vogue listed five foods that help strengthen the brain.


According to Teen Vogue, salmon contains many vitamins and nutrients that promote memory function such as omega-3 fatty acids, and it helps keep your brain alert and focused throughout the day.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many uses such as being used as a makeup remover, moisturizer, an alternative to toothpaste and can also be used as a healthy substitute to other oils and fats in many dishes. According to Teen Vogue, coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, which are the perfect source for energy. The digestion of these acids creates a readily accessible energy supply to the brain.

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The vegetable everyone loves to hate actually is helpful because it has nitrates that boost blood flow, which help mental performance. Eating beets is also helpful before donating blood. Ava Courtney from Teen Vogue suggests a quinoa salad with roasted beets and pear to for a delicious lunch.

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Walnuts are high in antioxidants, omega-3s and triglyceride levels. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, eating walnuts will improve cognitive function. Walnuts also contain vitamin E, which give long-term health benefits like warding off Alzheimer’s disease.

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Besides the fact that blueberries can be topped on pretty much anything to add a delicious taste, they contain the highest and largest array of antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. Blueberries also have high levels of gallic acid, which is good at protecting the brain from stress and degeneration. "Spoon University" has a bunch of delicious recipes with blueberries that can be found here.

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Go ahead and start packing some of these delicious treats to snack on while you tackle your final assignments and tests. Good luck Saints!

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