ERGYFOSFORYL: to boost intellectual capacities
Exams: the countdown has started!
Exams are approaching rapidly! High school and university students are entering an important period of the year, during which their efforts of concentration and memorisation are intensifying, as well as the stress…
Sometimes, an over solicited brain shows signs of fatigue, of saturation, especially if stress and lack of sleep are involved. Under these conditions, learning and memory may diminish.
In these moments of "excessive strain", a healthy lifestyle should not be neglected: sleep and relaxation are crucial for the memory and cognitive functions in general, whereas food is essential to feed the brain and avoid a "breakdown". In fact, the needs are more important, much like during a test of endurance.
Feed your brain well
The brain has enormous needs in nutrients, especially during a period of intense intellectual activity, to support memory, learning and concentration.
The membranes of the neurones are very rich in fat, especially phospholipids and omega 3 fatty acids, and DHA is present in even higher concentrations in the gray matter.
These "good fats" ensure the fluidity of the membranes, the secretion of neurotransmitters, and the proper transmission of messages between neurons.
In addition to fatty acids, the brain needs fuel, namely glucose, but also of vitamins!
Vitamin B5 is necessary for the synthesis of acetylcholine, a messenger involved in learning, concentration and memory. Vitamin B6, with a concentration 100 times higher in the brain than in the blood, contributes to the proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin E is a major antioxidant protecting neurons against oxidative stress.