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Dear Readers,

As the winter break approaches, so do final exams. During this stressful time, one kind of food becomes increasingly important: Brain Food. It is essential that we all remember what an impact food has on our mental performance, and use this impact to our advantage. With that in mind, here are some tips for an intelligent finals diet:

1) Iron helps the red blood cells transport oxygen to the brain, which can help prevent mental sluggishness. (sources: raisins, prunes, beef, pork)

2) Choline helps to regulate memory and sharpness. (sources: eggs, red meat, nuts) Folic acid helps the brain maintain choline. (sources: O.J., dark green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, peas)

3) Anti-oxidants (Vitamins C, E, and Beta-carotene) help repair damage caused by free radicals which may impair thought. (sources: dark green, red, yellow, or orange fruits and vegetables)

4) Calcium increases your ability to concentrate. (sources: broccoli, cheese, spinach, milk, yogurt)

5) B-vitamins are extremely important to brain functions. Pay special attention to B12, B1, B6, and B3. (sources: B1: cereals, lean meat, milk; B3: cereal, lean meat, eggs; B6: cereals, yeast, bananas, vegetables; B12: fish, lean meat, liver, and milk.)

Remember to avoid mashed potatoes and other starchy foods, as they will contribute to mental sluggishness. Eat a good breakfast, because the brain functions best when the stomach is satiated.

Until next semester, remember to eat well.

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