Three wellness foods for students

By Professor David Russell and Charlotte Harbour FdSc Nutritional Therapeutics

Food is more than just fuel – it may support or impair bodily function. While appropriate nutrition is vital for all, it is especially important for young people and students who face a heavy burden of study and personal growth.

Our students are busy individuals balancing academic study, social integration and personal development. Let’s support them through optimal nutrition.

Salmon: an excellent source of omega-3 fats, salmon (preferably wild) is a great choice for nurturing learning. Bursting with brain-boosting fats and satiating protein, selenium (a fantastic antioxidant and immune support) and vitamin B12 (vital for brain and nervous system health), salmon may support memory and concentration – vital for our students.

Avocadoes: according to the American Museum of Natural History, we have the ancient (and now extinct) giant ground sloth (or lestodon) to thank for the survival of the avocado. It used to eat the avocado whole and spread the seeds throughout the area. Digestion aside – avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy fats and low in sugar. An easy, portable and accessibly food – avocados are versatile and a popular student staple.

Eggs: still subject to debate, eggs continue to be challenged in regard to their health and wellness benefits. When raised in an ethical manner, science supports the addition of eggs into the diet for a boost of essential protein, choline (synthesis of neurotransmitters) and vitamin D – a difficult to obtain nutrient from food that is essential for health.

Alongside the above superfoods, we also recommend the inclusion of rainbow vegetables, lean meats, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses and wholegrains. Success is a collaborative effort between student and university – so let’s start at breakfast.

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