Food that has beneficial effect on cognitive performance 3
Scientific examination proves that the relationship between the brain performance andsome types of food. There are clear discussions of brain physiology and food that canenhance cognitive performance, improve the mood and sharpen the memory (Potterand Orfali, 1993). Students are a group of people who need specific nutrition whichfeeds their brain to improve concentration, attention and performance; therefore, it isimportant to understand their nutritional habits which could help to evaluate andimprove their mental ability.Several studies confirmed that some food may have beneficial effects on mentalperformance; one of these study argued that the glucose is the primary source of energy for the brain (Bruin and Gilsenan, 2008). Research has been carried out byColombani, Langhans and Wenk (2002) that showed the effect of carbohydrate oncognitive performance of 15 healthy male students; a tremendous improvement inmemory has been noticed after 4
meal rich in carbohydrate.However, the brain is a first part of the body may affected by the diet; a poor diet maylead to mental disorder such as depression and anxiety. The aim of this study is toevaluate the brain performance of Heriot-Watt students according to their nutritionalhabits; and investigate whether or not the university provides food supplement andnutritional consultation, that could help the students to improve their mentalperformance.