5 K-Snacks to Improve Brain Function 🧠💡

By Kalina Ewing

We have all been there: Late night hits, you have a ton of paperwork to do for the office or school, and your brain starts to shut down.  You need to get things done before the morning, so where can you turn? We have the perfect solution! According to research, “brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases.¹” 

Here are 5 K-snacks to assist your brain both in the short and long term!

  • Kimbap

Kimbap has most of the nutrients needed for our brains. The eggs have a nutrient called choline that helps promote happiness, Vitamin B12 and folic acid. The seaweed and vegetables contain vitamins like C and K. All of which help promote a healthy brain, which makes kimbap an all-in-one brain booster treat.

  • Roasted Nuts and Berries

These are perfect on-the-go brain snack they have the good fats from the nuts that help protect the brain as well as Vitamins E, C and antioxidants which helps boost our brain function. Go ahead and grab a handful or have them in the form of a convenient energy bar, like Dr. You’s.

  • Ramen

Around the world today, carbohydrates have had a lot of bad reviews; but on days when you need the energy to function, they are essential. They break down into sugars and quickly provide needed energy to the brain on stressful days. Don’t worry about eating that ramen on a big test day. Make it a huge brain booster by adding veggies and an egg.

  • Green Tea

Green tea, like coffee, contains caffeine and helps with mental alertness. It also contains other properties that are helpful with memory retention and helping you relax, which can be very helpful before interviews or the national exam. Green tea is consumed in both hot and cold forms, but due to the caffeine content, we do suggest not to overdoing it.

  • Kimchi

Kimchi is my favorite food, not only for its flavor, but for its many wonderful properties. Known to contain many vitamins, minerals as wells as anti-inflammitories it can be used many different ways. Some have used it for weight loss, and others have said it has treated illnesses from the common cold to cancer. In October 2018, it was even shown that kimchi may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. We look forward to seeing how this research progresses.

These are just a few of the Korean snacks that could help boost your brain on those foggy days.  So, don't stress out and relax with your favorite one!

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