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We all know that the favourite food group of zombies is the brain. But what makes a brain so delicious and how can you make yours even more awesome?

We’ve narrowed down all in knowledge in the world to a list of four things your brain needs to keep up with the awesome that is you.

Glucose

But why?

Your body takes fatty foods and sugar and converts them into Glucose so that your brain can feed off of that instead of you needing you to inject pure glucose into your brain.

Where can I find this so-called Glucose?

All fruits contain Glucose so try stay away from having 50 burgers a day and rather make sure you get your 5 fruit and vegetables a day and you should be fine. Foods containing the highest amount of glucose include Dried Apricots, Pineapple and Cranberry Juice.

Fatty Acids

But why?

Even though the name sounds weird (I mean fat is bad and acid is bad so how could your brain need both) your brain needs these fatty acids to aid in memory. Specifically your brain needs Omega 3, Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids to keep you remembering that cute guy/girls number before you leave school.

Where can I find these so-called Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 is better for your brain if it isn’t cooked, the jury is still out on boiling and steaming them but for now it seems fine to prepare food this way as the Omega 3 acids aren’t destroyed in the boiling or steaming process. You can find Omega 3 in Walnuts, Salmon, Cauliflower and even Sardines. Omega 6 is the trickiest of the fatty acids because it is mostly found in oils such as Sunflower Oils, Vegetable Oil, Cottonseed Oil and even Soybean Oil. The reason Omega 6 is so tricky is because you shouldn’t over indulge but most people tend to do just that rendering the nutrients null and void.

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Amino Acids

But why?

Amino acids are responsible for the creation of proteins, which your brain needs to stay sharp and active throughout the day. Your body doesn’t store or create amino acids which means you need to take a daily dosage of the stuff to keep you active.

Where can I find these so-called amino acids?

While some amino acids are created in the human body the essential amino acids are only found in protein, specifically animal protein.

Dairy products, meat and eggs are all great providers of the essential amino acids your brain needs to function properly. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan then it’s a bit trickier to get the amino acids your brain and body needs. Soy beans and beans in general are a great source of some of the amino acids you need but you should vary your protein intake as much as possible to insure you get the nutrients you need.

These are the three most important nutrients that your brain needs to keep up the pace with your studies. This doesn’t mean you can ignore the other food and the other nutrients you need.

It’s all about balance, you should try and create an eating plan for yourself about a month before you start studying and try to stick to it when the exam stress hits.